Rovers roar into ac­tion fi­nally

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/ By Si­mon Smed­ley

RUTH­LESS Rovers are up and run­ning af­ter mak­ing the most of Jean-Yves M’Voto’s early in­dis­cre­tion, with man­ager Gary Bowyer warn­ing the rest of the league that Black­burn are a team on the up.

The Barns­ley’s French cen­tre­back was shown red af­ter just 15 min­utes for haul­ing down Jor­dan Rhodes, leav­ing Rovers to profit hand­somely as they roared to their first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Rhodes and tal­ented mid­fielder Josh King were Barns­ley’s chief tor­men­tors, as they fell to an­other de­feat and now look des­tined for an­other des­per­ate bat­tle against the drop this win­ter.

For Rovers boss Bowyer how­ever, the only way is up now af­ter their slow start to the cam­paign.

Bowyer said: “The send­ing-off was a key mo­ment, but Jor­dan Rhodes was never go­ing to go down eas­ily in that type of sit­u­a­tion. He’s a greedy striker.

“Even against ten men it can be dif­fi­cult, but in the end we’ve def­i­nitely got what we de­served.

“It was our day, and a day which has seen us score some top qual­ity goals.

“We were ruth­less, par­tic­u­larly in the first half, and some of our gen­eral play was ex­cel­lent.

“It’s one game and it’s a vic­tory which is very im­por­tant. Hope­fully it’ll set­tle a few peo­ple down in­side and out­side the club.

“We won’t be get­ting car­ried away though. We need to build on this re­sult and make sure we’re prop­erly fo­cused on the next game.”

Chris Dag­nall crashed the Tykes in front from 25 yards in the 13th minute, but within 120 sec­onds they had seen the gi­ant M’Voto sent-off for a clumsy foul on Rhodes just as the striker was about to pull the trig­ger from the edge of the box.

Tom Cair­ney curled home the sub­se­quent free-kick, with Rhodes then adding in­sult to in­jury with two goals in­side ten min­utes.

The first was a loop­ing header from Todd Kane’s deep cross, then a smart lob fol­lowed as the for­mer Hud­der­s­field goal ma­chine latched on to Scott Dann’s through-ball.

King made it 4-1 just be­fore the break as he lashed in at the far post fol­low­ing an­other Kane cross. And Rovers surged fur­ther ahead shortly af­ter the restart. This time the im­pres­sive Kane thumped in a shot which was far too hot for 'keeper Luke Steele to han­dle as he could only parry the ball into the net.

Barns­ley did have the fi­nal word though. Two sub­sti­tutes com­bined as new Nor­we­gian in­ter­na­tional Mar­cus Ped­er­sen teed up To­masz Cy­wka and he buried a shot past Jake Kean from 15 yards.

Barns­ley boss David Fl­itcroft said: “I’ve seen the in­ci­dent and Jor­dan Rhodes has got the wrong side of Jean-Yves, but I want to ask ‘has the ref­eree been conned with that one?’

“A de­ci­sion like that, at such a cru­cial stage in the game, was a bit too big for him and at the end of the day he hasn’t made it.

“Still, that was only 30 per cent of our prob­lems, the re­main­ing 70 per cent was down to poor de­fend­ing.

“Mis­takes have cost us again, but we’ll work hard to put things right.

“There’s no drama.We have to start pick­ing up re­sults and we will.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

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