Jordan Rhodes netted his ninth career hat-trick as Henning Berg secured his first win as Blackburn Rovers manager on Saturday.
The win sends Blackburn back into the play-offs while Peterborough drop to the foot of the table.
Mauro Formica put the visitors in front with a composed finish before Jordan Rhodes began his goal scoring spree with a fine header to double the lead. The Scot then converted Ruben Rochina’s through ball as Blackburn went into the interval with a healthy lead.
Ten minutes before full time Rhodes completed his hat-trick with the simplest of headers to cap a great team performance, but Berg was left disappointed when Lee Tomlin’s struck in the dyeing minutes to deny Blackburn a clean-sheet.
The home side started brightly forcing consecutive corners but it was Rovers who struck first blood with a stinging counter attack. Jordan Rhodes’ deflected shot fell kindly for Formica six yards out and the Argentine calmly slotted home with just three minutes on the clock.
Rochina came close to making it two but his curling effort was well saved by Robert Olejnik in the Posh goal.
Eventually Blackburn doubled their lead through Jordan Rhodes, the Scot got on the end of Martin Olsson’s teasing cross from the left and headed home from six yards out, despite the ball hitting the hand of Nathaniel Knight-Percival before finding the back of the net.
The away side were comfortable in possession and the score line indicated this. Ruben Rochina constantly probed the Peterborough goal with shots from distance but the Spaniard failed to test Olejnik.
On the stroke of half time Blackburn netted a third. Rochina’s through ball split open the Peterborough defence and record signing Jordan Rhodes proved his worth with a superb finish to put the game beyond doubt.
After the interval Peterborough attempted to find a way back into the game. First Saido Berahino forced Robinson into his first meaningful save of the game, the former England international acrobatically palmed the striker’s effort over the bar, before Grant McCann’s long range strike flew just wide of the mark.
Despite having the majority of possession Peterborough failed to make it count as Jordan Rhodes came close to scoring his third but failed to hit the target after rounding Olejnik.
The Olsson twins then came close to getting on the score sheet. First Marcus Olsson struck the bar from a tight angel before the ball eventually fell to Martin on the edge of the area whose left footed strike was tipped behind for a corner.
And from the resulting corner Rhodes completed his hat-trick with the simplest of headers. Rochina’s corner found Dann at the back post and the defender’s header across the six yard box found Rhodes, unmarked, to head home his ninth goal of the season.
Rovers nearly had a fifth moments later. Ruben Rochina’s long range effort deflected onto a post and substitute Gamst Pedersen converted the rebound, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
And with the clock ticking down Tomlin lashed home a late consolation with a fine curling effort, Rochina was caught in possession on the edge of the area which led to the Posh goal, much to the anger of Robinson.
There was still time for Gomes to come close on his return from injury. The veteran striker pounced onto a rebound following another Rochina effort but the Portuguese could only hit the woodwork as Blackburn sailed back into the play-offs.
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