Rhodes ru­mours fine for Gary

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jack Skel­ton

SPEC­U­LA­TION about Jor­dan Rhodes may be testing Gary Bowyer’s pa­tience, but the Black­burn boss con­cedes he would wel­come more ru­mours if they con­tinue to in­spire his star striker af­ter the Scot’s dou­ble downed Charl­ton.

The 25-year-old, heav­ily linked with a move to Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Mid­dles­brough, shrugged off the con­jec­ture to score his 15th and 16th league goals of the sea­son with two sub­lime fin­ishes at The Val­ley.

Rhodes gave his side a 15thminute lead when the hosts were caught out by Ben Mar­shall’s quick throw be­fore Craig Con­way dou­bled their ad­van­tage mo­ments later with a low strike fol­low­ing Roger John­son’s er­ror.

The Ad­dicks replied af­ter the in­ter­val through Yoni Buyens’ penalty af­ter Black­burn keeper Ja­son Steele fouled Igor Ve­tokele, only for an­other lax piece of de­fend- ing to hand Rhodes his sec­ond.

Rovers have now lost only one of their last ten games in all com­pe­ti­tions and Bowyer be­lieves his side are drawing strength from both their FA Cup run and the con­jec­ture sur­round­ing Rhodes.

“We were ter­rific,” said Bowyer. “We started well with two fan­tas­tic fin­ishes that came from our press­ing, which was un­be­liev­able at times, we re­ally put Charl­ton un­der pres­sure.

“Why would we loan Rhodes? It’s bor­ing re­ally, but I thought Mid­dles­brough boss Ai­tor Karanka was out­stand­ing in the way he didn’t want to speak about one of our play­ers dur­ing the week.

“Jor­dan’s great at han­dling the spec­u­la­tion – I love when there is spec­u­la­tion about him be­cause he goes and scores more goals. If any­body else wants to ring up and get linked with him, then please feel free to do so.

“The Cup run has helped us as the play­ers are play­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence but we’ve got to re­cover quickly now for Tues­day.”

Af­ter a bal­anced open­ing 15 min­utes, Charl­ton were caught out as Mar­shall de­liv­ered a quickly-taken throw into the path of Rhodes, who held off Tal Ben Haim to fin­ish off the far post.

The Ad­dicks were left reel­ing just three min­utes later as John­son failed to con­trol a loose ball, al­low­ing Con­way to steal in and slide a pre­cise ef­fort home.

Yet the hosts re­sponded through the guile of Ve­tokele, who clipped the top of the bar from a tight an­gle.

Charl­ton con­tin­ued their resur­gence af­ter the in­ter­val, with their en­deav­our re­warded as Steele felled Ve­tokele and Buyens con­verted the re­sult­ing penalty.

But Black­burn grabbed a third when sub­sti­tute Chris Tay­lor’s de­flected shot looped into the air, with Rhodes ghost­ing in un­marked to fin­ish with a deft close-range header.

Charl­ton boss Guy Lu­zon said: “We started the game well but then the per­sonal mis­takes for their goals broke our spirit a lit­tle bit for 15 min­utes.

“In the sec­ond half we came back, scored and had some chances to equalise but then their third goal came from a de­flec­tion and the game is over.

“The prob­lem here was that we played with­out ag­gres­sion in de­fence and that was also re­flected in our attack – we moved the ball but not quickly enough and we didn’t pun­ish them.

“I didn’t need to say any­thing to John­son at half-time af­ter his mis­take, but just to raise his head and con­tinue.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ALL RHODES LEAD TO VICTORY: Jor­dan Rhodes net­ted twice to guide Black­burn past Charl­ton at the Val­ley

his penalty ON THE SPOT: Buyens nets

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