Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes pleased with hard-fought win


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Match winner Jordan Rhodes was delighted after his late strike helped Blackburn secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Newport County in the FA Cup third round on Monday.

The Scotland international, who came on as a second-half substitute at Rodney Parade, fired in the winner with just 15 minutes of the match remaining to help secure Rovers a fourth -round tie against Oxford.

The Championship outfit did not have things their own way despite taking the lead through a Ben Marshall penalty just eight minutes into the clash.

Two minutes after that strike the Blue and Whites were reduced to 10 men when forward Chris Brown was shown a straight red card, and when the League Two side equalised through Mark Byrne it looked like a potential cup shock was on the cards.

Rovers rallied, however, to win their first match in seven games and Rhodes admitted that it was a relief to secure the victory.

He said: “It’s great to come to a tough place like this and come away with a win. It was hard after going ahead and then losing Chris Brown, and then what a goal from their midfielder Mark Byrne.”

The 25-year-old also ended his own recent lean spell in front on goal, as his match-winning strike was his first goal since he scored from the penalty spot in Rovers’ 2-1 victory at Preston North End on November 21.

The Lancashire club will now be looking to build on their first win of 2016 when they travel to the Valley to take on struggling Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Rovers are available at 1.95 to win the match, whilst the Addicks are on offer at 3.80 and the draw is priced at 3.30.

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