Rovers thrash Barnsley at home

Jordan Rhodes bagged his first goals of the season as Blackburn scored four first-half goals to rout 10-man Barnsley and secure their first win this season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Last Updated: 24/08/13 at 18:16 Post Comment

Jordan Rhodes: Hit two for Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes: Hit two for Blackburn

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Chris Dagnall had put the Tykes ahead but a straight red card for Jean-Yves M'voto moments later and a Tom Cairney equaliser from the resulting free-kick turned the tide and, once Rhodes had struck his first on the half hour, the result was never in doubt.

A Rhodes lob nine minutes later and a Josh King tap-in put the game well beyond Barnsley, who conceded again in the second half when Todd Kane got his first in Blackburn colours.

Tomasz Cywka's emphatic strike was of little consolation to Barnsley, who are without a win this season, and they have tasted victory just once in their last 12 games in all competitions.

Both teams made one change each from their last league games, with Josh King replacing Chris Taylor for Rovers and Kelvin Etuhu in for David Perkins for Barnsley.

Rovers started brightest, but Barnsley took the lead after 13 minutes, when Dagnall was allowed time and space on the edge of the area to turn and shoot and his precision strike nestled into the bottom corner.

The pendulum swung right back in the favour of Rovers three minutes later when M'voto cynically brought down Rhodes, leaving the referee with no option but to show a red card.

And Cairney delivered instant retribution with a wonderful free-kick that found the top corner of Luke Steele's goal.

Sustained pressure followed, with King denied by Steele who had initially flapped at a cross, and then Tom Kennedy wore one in the face to thwart Jason Lowe's goalbound effort.

The pressure told after 30 minutes and it was the impressive Kane who swung in a deep cross for Rhodes to expertly send a looping header past Steele, and he put the result beyond doubt nine minutes later with a cool lob from a Scott Dann long ball that caught Steele in no man's land.

Rovers were rampant and got their fourth after 43 minutes when David Dunn sent Kane clear who provided his second assist of the game. This time King was the beneficiary and he tapped in from six yards.

The Tykes came out looking to restore pride and new recruit Marcus Pedersen almost did that but was thwarted by Grant Hanley and Rovers netted a fifth through the marauding Kane after 58 minutes.

It owed much to a howler from Steele who somehow managed to palm his shot into his own goal.

Barnsley did get a second after 72 minutes when Pedersen's audacious flick found Cywka who lashed in a sumptuous effort from 25 yards but it was of little consolation for the beleaguered Flitcroft.

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.

More Match Results

Friday, 24 October 2014
19:45
Fulham 3-0 Charlton  
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Blackburn 1-0 Birm'ham  
Blackpool 0-1 Derby  
B'mouth 3-0 Reading Report
Brentford 0-0 Sheff Wed  
Cardiff 3-1 Ipswich  
Charlton 2-1 Bolton  
Huddsf'ld 1-1 Brighton Report
Norwich 1-1 Leeds  
Rotherham 3-3 Fulham Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 14 1 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Fulham 14 -6 14
20 Wigan 13 -2 12
21 Brighton 13 -3 12
22 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

Updated Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Louis van Gaal won't let critics get to him

Louis van Gaal is not bothered by the criticism that has come his way since he arrived at Manchester United.

Sky sources: Mike Ashley proposes an emergency loan offer to Rangers

Sky Sports understands that Mike Ashley is proposing an emergency loan offer to Rangers.

Europa League: Everton investigating trouble in Lille before Thursday's match

Everton will work with Merseyside and French police to establish the facts about Thursday's crowd trouble in Lille.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

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