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Appleton: Goal should go to Rhodes

10 February 2013

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton said the winning goal should be credited to Jordan Rhodes after watching his side beat Ipswich 1-0, their third successive win in all competitions.

The goal came after 58 minutes when Danny Murphy's corner was prodded goalwards by Grant Hanley. The ball was cleared by Aaron Cresswell and ricocheted in off unfortunate keeper Stephen Henderson, with an own goal by the latter the final decision.

But Appleton said Rhodes got a touch before Cresswell cleared, and that the ball was over the line. "He had the last touch on the ball before Cresswell tried to clear it and it's one of them," Appleton said.

"If you've got Hawk-Eye, it would be able to tell us if it was over the line or not from the clearance but it's difficult to tell when you look back on the DVD. But like I say, the last touch came from Jordan as it was heading towards the goal so I'm sure he'll get the reward."

The former Ipswich striker was off the pitch in the first half after a clash with Tommy Smith left him with a bloody nose and Appleton said: "He broke his nose in the first half but if you're a professional footballer and have not broken your nose once there's something wrong."

After successive wins and clean sheets in the league, Rovers are just four points off a play-off place but Appleton said: "We're not concerned about it at the minute. If with six games to go, we're in and around it, maybe I'll allow myself to think we've got half a chance."

Town boss Mick McCarthy described the defeat as 'galling' but was pleased with his side's performance, despite it being their second consecutive away defeat.

"I thought second half we were the better team until they scored, and goals change games and performances," McCarthy said. "To concede the way we did was pretty galling. From a corner kick, we didn't mark properly and Hendo gets an own goal.

"We had to throw caution to the wind and I thought we had good chances towards the end to get something. I was pleased overall with our performance, to be honest with you. I can't ask for any more effort, it's just when you get the chances to put one away.

"I've said all along since I walked in that it'll go right to the end. It'll take 50 points to stay in the league and everybody's scrapping for them. We've had our good run or we wouldn't be above the bottom three. It's a matter of starting again next Saturday."

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