Nuno Gomes scored his fourth goal in as many games to hand Championship leaders Blackburn victory over Barnsley.

The 36-year-old converted fellow substitute and Portuguese Fabio Nunes's cross from inside the six-yard area.

Jacob Mellis gaves the Tykes the lead when he fired into the top corner from 12 yards.

Rovers's record signing Jordan Rhodes equalised when he swept in Bradley Orr's free-kick before Gomes grabbed the winner five minutes from time.

Victory means that Steve Kean's men remain unbeaten and maintain their 100% home record.

It is their best start to a league campaign since 1994.

The home side also went close when Grant Hanley headed Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner over the crossbar and Rhodes fired a shot narrowly wide.

Blackburn's defence had to stay alert all night. Their keeper Paul Robinson made a great save to keep out Mellis's drive.

And the Blackburn shot-stopper came to the rescue again when he palmed away striker Craig Davies's effort.

It was Barnsley's fifth successive away defeat. Keith Hill's side lie in 17th place, with seven points from six matches.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Orr
  • 03 Mn Olsson
  • 16 Dann
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 10 Formica (Lowe - 90' )
  • 12 Pedersen (Nunes - 80' )
  • 13 Murphy
  • 18 Etuhu Booked
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 23 Rochina (Nuno Gomes - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Kean
  • 04 Henrique
  • 32 Ribeiro
  • 06 Lowe
  • 07 Nunes
  • 08 Dunn
  • 21 Nuno Gomes

Barnsley

  • 12 Alnwick
  • 03 Golbourne
  • 06 Foster
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 25 Cranie
  • 34 Stones (Perkins - 73' )
  • 07 Dawson
  • 19 Cywka
  • 21 Mellis Booked
  • 09 Davies (Harewood - 65' )
  • 13 Dagnall (Etuhu - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Steele
  • 10 Done
  • 11 Perkins
  • 17 Digby
  • 16 Harewood
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 12,772

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

7 5

Corners

5 4

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:38 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:02 Substitution

Substitution Jason Lowe replaces Mauro Formica.

89:51

Unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by Stephen Foster results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

87:41

The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson, Ben Alnwick makes a save.

84:53

Assist on the goal came from Fabio Nunes.

84:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Miguel Nuno Gomes - Blackburn 2 - 1 Barnsley Miguel Nuno Gomes finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 2-1 Barnsley.

83:40

Tomasz Cywka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

82:17

Effort from range distance by Jacob Mellis goes wide of the right-hand upright.

81:39

Scott Dann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Foster. Ben Alnwick takes the indirect free kick.

80:59

Kelvin Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Orr. Bradley Orr restarts play with the free kick.

80:21

Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Stephen Dawson, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

79:05 Substitution

Substitution Fabio Nunes is brought on as a substitute for Morten Gamst Pedersen.

78:51

Kelvin Etuhu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

78:13

A cross is delivered by Marlon Harewood, clearance by Grant Hanley.

77:25

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save made by Ben Alnwick.

74:02

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save made by Ben Alnwick.

73:26

Marlon Harewood produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

72:01 Substitution

Substitution David Perkins comes on in place of John Stones.

72:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka by Dickson Etuhu. Jacob Mellis takes the indirect free kick.

69:21 Substitution

Substitution Kelvin Etuhu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Dagnall.

68:42

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, save by Ben Alnwick.

68:24

Mauro Formica takes a shot. Scott Golbourne gets a block in.

66:48

Tomasz Cywka sends in a cross.

65:41 Substitution

Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Miguel Nuno Gomes coming on for Ruben Rochina.

63:54 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Harewood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Davies.

63:12

The ball is sent over by Martin Olsson, save made by Ben Alnwick.

60:56

The referee blows for offside against Chris Dagnall. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

60:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka by Bradley Orr. Scott Golbourne takes the direct free kick.

58:14

Morten Gamst Pedersen sends in a cross, clearance made by Stephen Foster.

56:15

Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

56:15 Booking

Booking Jacob Mellis is cautioned.

56:10

Jacob Mellis concedes a free kick for a foul on Dickson Etuhu.

53:46

Chris Dagnall produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

53:06

Inswinging corner taken by Jacob Mellis, clearance by Grant Hanley.

52:54

Scott Golbourne produces a cross, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

52:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Scott Golbourne from the right by-line, clearance made by Paul Robinson.

50:49

Scott Golbourne takes the inswinging corner, Effort on goal by Craig Davies from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

49:50

Scott Golbourne fouled by Bradley Orr, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jacob Mellis, clearance made by Grant Hanley.

46:59

Shot by Ruben Rochina from outside the box goes over the net.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00

Assist on the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

45:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Rhodes - Blackburn 1 - 1 Barnsley Goal scored by Jordan Rhodes from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Barnsley.

44:41

Scott Golbourne challenges Jordan Rhodes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Orr restarts play with the free kick.

41:33

Unfair challenge on John Stones by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Stephen Foster takes the direct free kick. Mauro Formica is adjudged to have handled the ball. Stephen Foster restarts play with the free kick.

41:33 Booking

Booking Dickson Etuhu is cautioned.

38:09

The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Ben Alnwick.

37:52

Martin Cranie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

37:05

Stephen Dawson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

35:36

Stephen Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ruben Rochina. The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Header from deep inside the area by Ruben Rochina goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

34:42

Tomasz Cywka takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

31:24

Assist on the goal came from Chris Dagnall.

31:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Jacob Mellis - Blackburn 0 - 1 Barnsley Jacob Mellis finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Barnsley.

30:54

Tomasz Cywka takes a shot.

30:10

Chris Dagnall has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

29:42

Martin Olsson takes a shot. Ben Alnwick makes a save.

28:35

John Stones delivers the ball, Scott Dann makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jacob Mellis from the left by-line, Effort from inside the area by John Stones misses to the left of the target.

28:18

The ball is crossed by Scott Golbourne, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

23:50

The ball is delivered by Ruben Rochina, clearance by Stephen Foster. Craig Davies takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Jacob Mellis concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.

23:10

The official flags Craig Davies offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

22:46

Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Save made by Ben Alnwick.

21:33

Chris Dagnall concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

19:33

Centre by Scott Golbourne, save by Paul Robinson.

18:18

Effort from deep inside the area by Jordan Rhodes misses to the right of the target.

17:32

Foul by Martin Cranie on Mauro Formica, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

16:06

The ball is sent over by Martin Cranie, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

14:20

The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Stephen Foster. Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Close range headed effort by Grant Hanley clears the crossbar.

12:11

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, clearance made by Craig Davies. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

11:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jacob Mellis on Ruben Rochina. Direct free kick taken by Martin Olsson.

10:59

Tomasz Cywka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

10:39

Tomasz Cywka takes a shot. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu.

7:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Dagnall. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

4:01

Jacob Mellis takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

3:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka by Mauro Formica. Direct free kick taken by Jacob Mellis.

2:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Ben Alnwick.

1:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Stephen Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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