Rovers on Rhodes to re­cov­ery

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

BLACK­BURN boss Gary Bowyer says star striker Jor­dan Rhodes is the Cham­pi­onship’s best fin­isher af­ter their first league win of the sea­son against Charl­ton.

Rhodes’ third and fourth goals this cam­paign ei­ther side of half­time, and sub­sti­tute Tom Lawrence’s late strike on his Ewood Park de­but, helped Black­burn climb out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

And while Bowyer praised both of his goalscor­ers, he hopes Rovers can now con­tinue to put in per­for­mances that will shoot them up the ta­ble.

“Jor­dan brings value and con­fi­dence to the team, be­cause we know if we cre­ate the chances, we’ve got the best fin­isher in the league,” said Bowyer.

“His con­cen­tra­tion lev­els, his pas­sion for the game and scor­ing goals, you won’t find any­body bet­ter.

“I have to say Lawrence was out­stand­ing when he came on. The con­tri­bu­tion to quickly get into that and set him up for the sec­ond was bril­liant and then his own fin­ish was just out of this world. It’s one win, but it is a good feel­ing and hope­fully now we can kick on be­cause the level of per­for­mances have been sky high for us.”

Rhodes drew a mag­nif­i­cent re­ac­tion save from Nick Pope on ten min­utes af­ter the Rovers tal­is­man latched onto Ben Mar­shall’s dinked ball into the box but was un­able to beat the div­ing stop­per.

Alou Diarra nearly gifted Black­burn a 16th-minute lead when his back-pass was col­lected by Rhodes who at­tempted to go around Pope, but the stop­per spared his de­fender’s blushes and spread him­self to save the goal­bound ef­fort.

The lively Tony Watt could have put Charl­ton ahead af­ter turn­ing in the box from Jor­dan Cousins’ pass, but Grant Han­ley blocked the at­tempt which trick­led through to Jason Steele.

But Rhodes got his re­ward on the stroke of half-time when Han­ley met Craig Con­way’s right-wing cor­ner and the Rovers striker helped the header into the net with a slight touch.

Af­ter the break, Watt drove at the Black­burn rear­guard and slipped in Zakarya Bergdich who lifted a 55th-minute ef­fort over the on­rush­ing Steele but Han­ley was on hand to clear.

Con­way al­most turned provider for Rhodes with a dan­ger­ous left­wing cross which the cen­tre for­ward only just missed with Pope’s goal gap­ing.

Rovers sub­sti­tute Lawrence made an in­stant im­pact when his 75th-minute burst of pace took him past both Ahmed Kashi and Mor­gan Fox and squared for Rhodes who slot­ted in his sec­ond.

Black­burn should have wrapped it up on 83 min­utes when a counter-at­tack, led by Corry Evans and Con­way, ended with Mar­shall be­ing de­nied by a mag­nif­i­cent Pope stop.

But he was pow­er­less to pre­vent Black­burn’s third when Lawrence drove past Kashi and ri­fled an 85th-minute shot into the roof of the net to seal the win.

“We need to con­tinue to be­lieve and con­tinue to play pos­i­tive football – it’s the only way,” said Charl­ton boss Guy Luzon.

“We don’t have any ex­cuses.We have good play­ers.

“I’m re­ally sat­is­fied for the play­ers that I have in the squad. I think they have the qual­ity to bring us points and to win games in this di­vi­sion and we will show it.

“I thought that our at­ti­tude was good.

“We need to con­tinue with the tempo and we showed in the first half that’s the only way to suc­cess.”

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