MATCH ANALYSIS: Blackburn Rovers 3 Bournemouth 2

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes

First published in Sport Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

JORDAN Rhodes scores when he wants, so goes the terrace chant that has followed the vast majority of his 54 goals for Rovers.

Well, as Saturday made abundantly clear, he clearly write his own scripts too.

The build up to the match had been completely overshadowed by Hull City’s pursuit of the best goalscorer outside of the Premier League.

Rovers owners Venky’s moved to end the uncertainty by issuing a statement less than five hours before the game got under way, confirming that they had rejected a brace of Hull bids and that they had no intention of selling the club’s ‘icon’.

The next question was would Rhodes play? And would he be in the right frame of mind after 48 hours of intense speculation?

The answers were yes and an equally emphatic yes.

It took the prolific striker just 13 minutes to open the scoring and kick start a rapid three-goal blitz which ultimately earned Rovers their first home win of the campaign.

And all on his 100th appearance for the club, to boot.

It is a shame, then, that yet again most of the post-match talk centred around referees and penalty decisions rather than Rhodes’ mental strength and professionalism.

Geoff Eltringham’s diabolical decision to award Bournemouth an 81st-minute spot-kick should not obscure the fact that Rovers, worryingly, once more became sloppy in the second half, nearly letting more precious points slip through their fingers, after a thrilling display in the first.

It is a habit Gary Bowyer and his players simply must kick.

But for all the world the contest seemed to be petering out to a satisfactory conclusion until the man in the middle inexplicably pointed to the spot despite it being clear to most in the ground that Alex Baptiste had not fouled Adam Smith.

Smith dived and he deserves every bit as much – if not more – condemnation as Eltringham for the incident that changed the course of the encounter.

Lee Pitman did the rest from 12 yards and nine minutes later Steve Cook was left totally unmarked to head home a Charlie Daniels corner and set up a frantic finale which the Cherries would have capped with an equaliser had Baptiste not done brilliantly to block a certain goal from Tommy Elphick.

It was all so unnecessarily nervy.

But Bowyer, who has never been angrier after a match, insisted that was purely down to Eltringham and Smith.

The Rovers boss, whose side saw their 14-match unbeaten run ended at Norwich City in midweek, said: “We didn’t let them back into the game – at 3-0 we kept them at bay. The referee’s decision let them back in the game.

“To bounce back from the defeat in midweek – it was a fantastic display. I’m really, really pleased with the boys.”

No-one would have questioned that comment after the opening period.

The Cherries, who won their first two games of the campaign before undeservedly losing their third, enjoyed 77 per cent of the possession in the first 10 minutes.

But they were simply blown away after Rhodes chased down a raking pass from Craig Conway and barged Cook off the ball before slipping a cool left-footed shot underneath Lee Camp.

“Jordan’s been magnificent, I cannot praise him highly enough,” said Bowyer, who had an emotional embrace with his talisman after bringing him off to a standing ovation in the 77th minute.

“The way he has dealt with everything has been fantastic.”

Rovers captain Grant Hanley followed in Rhodes’ footsteps by also scoring his first goal of the season, a powerful header from a Tom Cairney corner that Cherries keeper Camp could only help on its way into the net.

And three minutes latee Rudy Gestede took his tally for the term up to three by diverting in a goal-bound effort from Conway past the wrong-footed Camp.

It was the red-hot Gestede’s 12th goal in his last 12 starts.

And he could have had another before the one-sided half was out as he headed inches wide.

Rhodes went even closer when he collected a cutback from the excellent Markus Olsson and drilled another left footer against the post while Ben Marshall – who did well on his first league start of the campaign – stung Camp’s hands.

But Rovers were unable to maintain their momentum after the restart and Paul Robinson was forced to make a trio of saves, the best of which came from Yann Kermorgant when he superbly tipped the striker’s 18-yard strike on to the bar.

However it was not until Smith conned Eltringham that Bournemouth were handed a lifeline – a lifeline they almost grabbed.

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8:55pm Mon 25 Aug 14

ComeDine WithMe says...

3 points. End of.
3 points. End of. ComeDine WithMe
  • Score: 14

9:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

cboyer says...

not been many dingles on these pages lately?
not been many dingles on these pages lately? cboyer
  • Score: 6

9:37pm Mon 25 Aug 14

garry_stockton says...

Has Rhodes signed yet??
Has Rhodes signed yet?? garry_stockton
  • Score: -11

9:45pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Stone Island: says...

garry_stockton wrote:
Has Rhodes signed yet??
Has Ings?
[quote][p][bold]garry_stockton[/bold] wrote: Has Rhodes signed yet??[/p][/quote]Has Ings? Stone Island:
  • Score: 15

10:21pm Mon 25 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

Gary is an idiot !!
Gary is an idiot !! digitusjonfred
  • Score: -6

10:42pm Mon 25 Aug 14

mammamiauk says...

Rovers were absolutely rubbish in the second half - I have found that they usually have the tendency to slip away during the second half and seem to play much better in the first half. Perhaps the speculation surrounding Rhodes has not helped them but there is no excuse as Rhodes has exercised professionalism himself, played and scored the opening goal!
Rovers were absolutely rubbish in the second half - I have found that they usually have the tendency to slip away during the second half and seem to play much better in the first half. Perhaps the speculation surrounding Rhodes has not helped them but there is no excuse as Rhodes has exercised professionalism himself, played and scored the opening goal! mammamiauk
  • Score: 4

11:45pm Mon 25 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

"Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League.

The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week.

However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move."


Game over.
"Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League. The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week. However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move." Game over. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -19

12:32am Tue 26 Aug 14

Super Claret . says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
"Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League.

The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week.

However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move."


Game over.
What, like it was game over he would not re-sign last month?
And game over that he was going last week?
You believe any rumour you hear, what a tosser :-)
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: "Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League. The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week. However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move." Game over.[/p][/quote]What, like it was game over he would not re-sign last month? And game over that he was going last week? You believe any rumour you hear, what a tosser :-) Super Claret .
  • Score: 5

12:35am Tue 26 Aug 14

bluenwhite says...

Super Claret . wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
"Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League.

The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week.

However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move."


Game over.
What, like it was game over he would not re-sign last month?
And game over that he was going last week?
You believe any rumour you hear, what a tosser :-)
Cheers super claret, glad to see you ignore the bull turf moor t@at spouts as well.
Rhodes would hardly have extended his contract if he wanted to leave, it still had long enough left on it so no need unless he was prepared to stay another year at least.
He has been saying for nearly 18 months Rhodes was off............ sour grapes cause Austin left you lot.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: "Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League. The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week. However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move." Game over.[/p][/quote]What, like it was game over he would not re-sign last month? And game over that he was going last week? You believe any rumour you hear, what a tosser :-)[/p][/quote]Cheers super claret, glad to see you ignore the bull turf moor t@at spouts as well. Rhodes would hardly have extended his contract if he wanted to leave, it still had long enough left on it so no need unless he was prepared to stay another year at least. He has been saying for nearly 18 months Rhodes was off............ sour grapes cause Austin left you lot. bluenwhite
  • Score: 4

8:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
"Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League.

The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week.

However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move."


Game over.
Predictable tedious post by multi profiled, over weight, socially inadequate troll...

No points, bottom of the table, can't sign lower league players, soaring season ticket prices, no investment by board...game over
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: "Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League. The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week. However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move." Game over.[/p][/quote]Predictable tedious post by multi profiled, over weight, socially inadequate troll... No points, bottom of the table, can't sign lower league players, soaring season ticket prices, no investment by board...game over LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 6

8:18am Tue 26 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Jordan Rhodes signs contract! Fortunately it is for Blackburn Rovers.
Jordan Rhodes signs contract! Fortunately it is for Blackburn Rovers. A Darener
  • Score: 1

8:20am Tue 26 Aug 14

owd nick says...

bluenwhite wrote:
Super Claret . wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
"Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League.

The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week.

However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move."


Game over.
What, like it was game over he would not re-sign last month?
And game over that he was going last week?
You believe any rumour you hear, what a tosser :-)
Cheers super claret, glad to see you ignore the bull turf moor t@at spouts as well.
Rhodes would hardly have extended his contract if he wanted to leave, it still had long enough left on it so no need unless he was prepared to stay another year at least.
He has been saying for nearly 18 months Rhodes was off............ sour grapes cause Austin left you lot.
This Super Claret is a Rovers fan pretending to be SC, just as Turf Moor Tom is a Burnley fan who has hijacked the real TMT's name pretending to be a Rovers fan.

I also have a sneaky feeling that it's the same idiot troll talking to itself to wind both sides up.

Best to ignore both.
[quote][p][bold]bluenwhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super Claret .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: "Jordan Rhodes will reportedly submit a transfer request to Blackburn Rovers in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League. The Championship side have turned down two bids for the Scottish international, including one for £12m, over the last week. However Rhodes thinks this could be his best chance to make the step up to the top flight, so is considering formally requesting to move." Game over.[/p][/quote]What, like it was game over he would not re-sign last month? And game over that he was going last week? You believe any rumour you hear, what a tosser :-)[/p][/quote]Cheers super claret, glad to see you ignore the bull turf moor t@at spouts as well. Rhodes would hardly have extended his contract if he wanted to leave, it still had long enough left on it so no need unless he was prepared to stay another year at least. He has been saying for nearly 18 months Rhodes was off............ sour grapes cause Austin left you lot.[/p][/quote]This Super Claret is a Rovers fan pretending to be SC, just as Turf Moor Tom is a Burnley fan who has hijacked the real TMT's name pretending to be a Rovers fan. I also have a sneaky feeling that it's the same idiot troll talking to itself to wind both sides up. Best to ignore both. owd nick
  • Score: 5

8:22am Tue 26 Aug 14

rovers1968 says...

Dingles we all know you are desperate for Rhodes to leave ,
You've all been listening to media muppets to much think you are all clutching at straws ,why don't you concentrate on trying to bring some decent players to your dump up the
Rovers
Dingles we all know you are desperate for Rhodes to leave , You've all been listening to media muppets to much think you are all clutching at straws ,why don't you concentrate on trying to bring some decent players to your dump up the Rovers rovers1968
  • Score: 6

8:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

bburnrover says...

I still want to learn why GB had to go all the way to Pune to talk to Desai? Has she not got a telephone? I understood from the L.E.T that she had agreed to fund a couple of signings so why does he need to discuss transfers again?
I don't know where the Daily Mail get their information from that Rhodes is asking for a transfer,is it all made up? I suppose reading between the lines the discussion in Pune must really based on him going and how GB can replace him and recruit a couple more to cover our defensive frailities.
I still want to learn why GB had to go all the way to Pune to talk to Desai? Has she not got a telephone? I understood from the L.E.T that she had agreed to fund a couple of signings so why does he need to discuss transfers again? I don't know where the Daily Mail get their information from that Rhodes is asking for a transfer,is it all made up? I suppose reading between the lines the discussion in Pune must really based on him going and how GB can replace him and recruit a couple more to cover our defensive frailities. bburnrover
  • Score: 0

8:54am Tue 26 Aug 14

owd nick says...

bburnrover wrote:
I still want to learn why GB had to go all the way to Pune to talk to Desai? Has she not got a telephone? I understood from the L.E.T that she had agreed to fund a couple of signings so why does he need to discuss transfers again?
I don't know where the Daily Mail get their information from that Rhodes is asking for a transfer,is it all made up? I suppose reading between the lines the discussion in Pune must really based on him going and how GB can replace him and recruit a couple more to cover our defensive frailities.
It's a good time for him to go to Pune, we don't have a midweek game and it's often better to talk to people face to face, besides this will be the 4th or 5th time he has been over this year and from the three limo's waiting at Ewood on Saturday I doubt he went on his own.

From what I can tell the Daily Mail got their information regarding Rhodes from a story leaked anonymously to a local Hull newspaper, the words "considering a transfer request" were used in both reports.

My guess is that has come from one of Bruce's lackeys as Bruce tries to increase the pressure on Rovers and Rhodes.
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I still want to learn why GB had to go all the way to Pune to talk to Desai? Has she not got a telephone? I understood from the L.E.T that she had agreed to fund a couple of signings so why does he need to discuss transfers again? I don't know where the Daily Mail get their information from that Rhodes is asking for a transfer,is it all made up? I suppose reading between the lines the discussion in Pune must really based on him going and how GB can replace him and recruit a couple more to cover our defensive frailities.[/p][/quote]It's a good time for him to go to Pune, we don't have a midweek game and it's often better to talk to people face to face, besides this will be the 4th or 5th time he has been over this year and from the three limo's waiting at Ewood on Saturday I doubt he went on his own. From what I can tell the Daily Mail got their information regarding Rhodes from a story leaked anonymously to a local Hull newspaper, the words "considering a transfer request" were used in both reports. My guess is that has come from one of Bruce's lackeys as Bruce tries to increase the pressure on Rovers and Rhodes. owd nick
  • Score: 3

9:50am Tue 26 Aug 14

toz73_asfc says...

RHODES signed a new and improved contract only last month, he goin nowere, unless the rovers sell him!!!! JORDAN will not ask for a transfer, he will give it one more season, to see if we get promoted, which in my opinion we have the best chance this time round than the last two campaigns!!!!!!!
RHODES signed a new and improved contract only last month, he goin nowere, unless the rovers sell him!!!! JORDAN will not ask for a transfer, he will give it one more season, to see if we get promoted, which in my opinion we have the best chance this time round than the last two campaigns!!!!!!! toz73_asfc
  • Score: 4

9:59am Tue 26 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

ITS OFFICIAL!

"Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City.

A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."
ITS OFFICIAL! "Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City. A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today." TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -6

11:03am Tue 26 Aug 14

Rovers.1875 says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
ITS OFFICIAL!

"Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City.

A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."
It's official! You have no friends, so you come on this site under your many schizophrenic personalities with doomsday predictions that never materialise. You are not a dingle, nor a rovers fan, you are just some idiot kid trying his best to feel wanted....
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: ITS OFFICIAL! "Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City. A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."[/p][/quote]It's official! You have no friends, so you come on this site under your many schizophrenic personalities with doomsday predictions that never materialise. You are not a dingle, nor a rovers fan, you are just some idiot kid trying his best to feel wanted.... Rovers.1875
  • Score: 4

12:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Rovers.1875 wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
ITS OFFICIAL!

"Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City.

A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."
It's official! You have no friends, so you come on this site under your many schizophrenic personalities with doomsday predictions that never materialise. You are not a dingle, nor a rovers fan, you are just some idiot kid trying his best to feel wanted....
Best to ignore the pratt. He's just taking the mickey. Don't take the bait.
If Rhodes should go we could always go for Ings at half the price and double his wages. No one has been in for him so he'd jump ship tomorrow to earn as much as Jordan.
[quote][p][bold]Rovers.1875[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: ITS OFFICIAL! "Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City. A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."[/p][/quote]It's official! You have no friends, so you come on this site under your many schizophrenic personalities with doomsday predictions that never materialise. You are not a dingle, nor a rovers fan, you are just some idiot kid trying his best to feel wanted....[/p][/quote]Best to ignore the pratt. He's just taking the mickey. Don't take the bait. If Rhodes should go we could always go for Ings at half the price and double his wages. No one has been in for him so he'd jump ship tomorrow to earn as much as Jordan. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Tue 26 Aug 14

roverstid says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Rovers.1875 wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
ITS OFFICIAL!

"Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City.

A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."
It's official! You have no friends, so you come on this site under your many schizophrenic personalities with doomsday predictions that never materialise. You are not a dingle, nor a rovers fan, you are just some idiot kid trying his best to feel wanted....
Best to ignore the pratt. He's just taking the mickey. Don't take the bait.
If Rhodes should go we could always go for Ings at half the price and double his wages. No one has been in for him so he'd jump ship tomorrow to earn as much as Jordan.
Its OFFICIAL!

TurfedOut Tom thinks bottom of the Premiership is an over-achievement for Bonleh.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rovers.1875[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: ITS OFFICIAL! "Jordan Rhodes has submitted a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Premier League Hull City. A fee believed to be around the £12m mark is to be accepted today."[/p][/quote]It's official! You have no friends, so you come on this site under your many schizophrenic personalities with doomsday predictions that never materialise. You are not a dingle, nor a rovers fan, you are just some idiot kid trying his best to feel wanted....[/p][/quote]Best to ignore the pratt. He's just taking the mickey. Don't take the bait. If Rhodes should go we could always go for Ings at half the price and double his wages. No one has been in for him so he'd jump ship tomorrow to earn as much as Jordan.[/p][/quote]Its OFFICIAL! TurfedOut Tom thinks bottom of the Premiership is an over-achievement for Bonleh. roverstid
  • Score: -2
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