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Rhodes earns Appleton's praise

3 February 2013

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton described Jordan Rhodes as 'clinical' after he notched up his 100th career league goal, scoring twice to defeat Bristol City 2-0.

Rhodes got his 17th and 18th league goals for Rovers with an expert strike in each half.

First, he reacted quickest to latch on to a loose ball after a Morten Gamst Pedersen cross was not cleared and he moved left into space before firing into the opposite corner, the sixth consecutive game he has scored in.

In the second half, he raced onto a long Danny Murphy pass, showing great strength before slotting into the left corner from inside the area and Appleton was full of praise for Rhodes after winning his first league game as Rovers boss.

"That's what he does. The first one sums him up in terms of how clinical he was. First touch with his right foot and to be as clinical as he was with his so-called weaker foot," Appleton said.

"With the second one, we've spoken about it a lot in the week. On the regain when we won the ball back we knew had to stretch Bristol as much as we possibly could and it worked.

"Jordan showed great persistence and strength and when he got an opportunity to get a strike at goal, I didn't think there'd be any other conclusion."

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll was disappointed with the way his side conceded their goals, but felt that they were the better team for long spells.

"In this division set-plays play a massive part to concede from a second phase from a corner is disappointing but apart from that at half-time, we felt okay," he said.

"I thought we could score a goal and were terrific at the start of the second half, but Danny Murphy hauls a ball back and we're two down. It's the first time (since I've been here) we've had this sort of problem to solve but felt we went about it the wrong way."

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