Next Game

Birmingham v Blackburn

Monday, 21 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Ewood Park

Last Game

Blackburn 0 - 0 Yeovil

Friday, 18 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Rhodes earns Bowyer praise

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer hailed the 'great finishing' of Jordan Rhodes after his second-half header condemned Watford to a 1-0 defeat.

Last Updated: 07/10/13 at 12:39 Post Comment

Gary Bowyer: Applauded Jordan Rhodes after Blackburn's win over Watford

Gary Bowyer: Applauded Jordan Rhodes after Blackburn's win over Watford

In a repeat of last year's corresponding fixture, Rhodes settled matters with his ninth goal in the past seven games, while also ending the Hornets' three-match winning streak in the process.

The win put Rovers eighth in the league after 10 games, four points below sixth-place Blackpool.

"I don't get bored of talking about Jordan Rhodes. He's a fantastic lad who works tremendously hard," Bowyer said.

"He's a great finisher, knows where the goal is and deserves the plaudits because his ability and finishing.

"When you've got the firepower we've got in terms of Jordan, Bestie (Leon Best) and (Josh) King and we've got DJ (Campbell) still to come and Ruben Rochina, if we can stay in games and keep clean sheets - we've got the belief that we can go and win games."

Bowyer also spoke in glowing terms about defensive duo Scott Dann and Grant Hanley who have started every league game together this season and were responsible for a second consecutive clean sheet at home.

"They've been magnificent and it gives you the platform to build from," he said.

"You saw first half how Watford got into their groove with their passing game but we defended very well, were organised and disciplined and grew into the game and took a confidence from keeping a clean sheet in the first half."

Despite making five changes from the side that defeated Wigan last time out, Watford boss Gianfranco Zola was critical of the number of games his side has had to play in the past three weeks.

"I am disappointed with the performance and the result," he said.

"I knew it wouldn't be a great game of football today because it is the sixth game in 17 days so I wasn't expecting great quality.

"But the way the game was going, I was not expecting to concede that goal either because we had defended well from set pieces before that. It is just one of those where we lost attention and it cost us greatly today."

The Hornets went into the game as the league's highest scorers and Zola could not hide his disappointment that his side seldom looked like adding to their tally.

He said: "We were certainly not brilliant [going forward]. It wasn't only the penetration that was poor; it was also the quality of the passing in midfield was not as good as normal.

"I think a lot is a consequence of there being too many games and you can't always play with the same quality."

He added: "It is not only us; all I am saying is the quality cannot be great."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: No Manchester City hangover, insists Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will keep fighting for the Premier League title, despite their week to forget.

Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hopes the club can keep hold of Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property