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Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Bournemouth

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes has scored 54 goals in 100 games for Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes underlined his value to Blackburn Rovers on his 100th appearance by scoring the opening goal in a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth.

Rhodes, who was the subject of two rejected bids from Premier League side Hull City this week, notched his 54th goal for the club after 13 minutes.

Defender Grant Hanley and striker Rudy Gestede made it three before the break.

Bournemouth rallied late on with a penalty from Brett Pitman and a 90th-minute goal from Steve Cook.

Rhodes, 26, dispossessed Bournemouth centre-half Cook to open the scoring and prompted a period of total domination from Rovers.

Hanley headed home from a Tom Cairney corner two make it 2-0 after 21 minutes and Frenchman Gestede deflected Craig Conway's 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Lee Camp three minutes later.

Blackburn, who have now lost only one of their last 16 league games, were denied a first clean sheet of the campaign nine minutes from time.

Pitman slotted home after Alex Baptiste had brought down Adam Smith in the box.

It looked to be nothing more than consolation goal for the Cherries but when defender Cook headed home it made for a nervous finish for the hosts.

Baptiste then made amends for giving away the penalty with an excellent block to deny Tommy Elphick an equaliser in injury time.

Early Championship leaders Bournemouth, who won their first three matches of the season in all competitions, have now lost two games on the bounce.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said: "They pushed us all the way but they get a helping hand, massively, by yet another penalty which is not a penalty.

"We had two midweek [against Norwich] and then the lad [Smith] has clearly dived. There is no contact at all in the penalty box and he gives a penalty."

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: "We started really well, looked in total control, then we conceded and, uncharacteristically for us, we didn't respond well to that.

"We've showed when we get it going we're a match for anyone, but you can't give good teams a three-goal start."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 6Lowe
  • 5Hanley
  • 15Baptiste
  • 14Olsson
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forKingat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 29EvansBooked at 73mins
  • 32Conway
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forDunnat 77'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor

Bournemouth

  • 1Camp
  • 15A Smith
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S CookBooked at 40mins
  • 11Daniels
  • 32O'Kane
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 45'minutes
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forPitmanat 74'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 13C Wilson
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forRantieat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gosling
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 20Fraser
  • 25Flahavan
  • 38Cargill
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
13,900

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away23
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away13
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Craig Conway.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  8. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Booking

    Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

  18. Booking

    Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).