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Rhodes strike delights boss Black

28 October 2012

Blackburn caretaker manager Eric Black described match-winner Jordan Rhodes as a "top, top finisher" after his injury-time goal gave Blackburn a 1-0 win over Watford in the npower Championship.

The former Huddersfield striker controlled a Martin Olsson shot before slotting in his seventh goal of the season, his fifth for Blackburn, which helped to maintain Black's unbeaten stint in charge.

Black was full of praise of the Scotland international, saying: "If you'd come to the game and watched the first 80-odd minutes you'd have said, 'Oh, he's not done this and he's not done that'.

"But to be fair to the kid we don't, at this moment in time, give him the opportunities that his finishing deserves.

"However he's a top, top finisher and that was typical of a top finisher. Not in the game for spells and it was a wonderful finish."

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola felt his side played well enough for a point after watching them fail to score for only the third time this season.

Zola said: "I honestly couldn't see them (Blackburn) scoring because they were not causing any particular problems to our defence so I thought the game was gone.

"But you have teams that never give up until the end so you can't say the game is gone.

"Maybe five minutes of 'extra-time' felt too long from my point of view but no complaints really.

"I can't classify it as a fortunate goal. With no disrespect towards Rhodes who scored a good goal, but probably towards the end we started to defend too deep and when you do that, you know it's always a risk."

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