Jordan Rhodes netted his 12th goal for managerless Blackburn Rovers as Barnsley slumped to a defeat that resulted in Keith Hill being sacked.

Hill was dismissed after a 3-1 defeat that sent the Tykes to the bottom of the Championship table.

Josh King opened the scoring for Rovers from close range before a sublime effort by Ruben Rochina made it 2-0.

A year to forget for Blackburn

This was Blackburn's 13th win in 43 league games in 2012. Twenty of those games ended in defeat.

Stephen Dawson reduced the deficit only for Rhodes to make sure of victory from Jason Lowe's long ball.

Blackburn's first win in seven games was a positive end to a bad week for the Lancashire club, who sacked manager Henning Berg on 27 December.

Reserve team coach Gary Bowyer took charge and immediately produced a response from the club's under-performing players.

King, on loan from Manchester United, broke the deadlock in the 29th minute after Luke Steele had saved his initial shot.

Rovers doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, Rochina storming into the penalty area before firing past Steele at his near post.

Dawson set up a grandstand finish with a 20-yard finish in the 76th minute.

But Rhodes, who cost £8m from Huddersfield, made it 12 goals in 21 starts for Rovers after Barnsley's Marcus Tudgay had been carried off on a stretcher following a collision with Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Golbourne
  • 06 Foster
  • 14 Wiseman (Stones - 46' )
  • 15 McNulty Booked
  • 07 Dawson
  • 08 O'Brien
  • 10 Done (Noble-Lazarus - 46' )
  • 11 Perkins
  • 09 Davies (Sinclair - 70' )
  • 29 Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 30 Lidakevicius
  • 02 Hassell
  • 34 Stones
  • 28 Greening
  • 16 Harewood
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 27 Sinclair

Blackburn Rovers

  • 34 Kean
  • 03 Mn Olsson
  • 16 Dann
  • 27 Henley
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 06 Lowe
  • 13 Murphy
  • 33 Vukcevic Booked (Kazim-Richards - 46' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 15 King Booked (Nuno Gomes - 90' )
  • 23 Rochina (Ms Olsson - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Usai
  • 04 Henrique
  • 14 Ms Olsson
  • 24 Morris
  • 38 Rosado
  • 21 Nuno Gomes
  • 39 Kazim-Richards
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 9,153

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

8 6

Corners

5 5

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +9:47 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +7:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Rhodes - Barnsley 1 - 3 Blackburn Jordan Rhodes scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barnsley 1-3 Blackburn.

90:00 +6:33

Shot from just outside the penalty area by John Stones misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +5:28

Shot by Reuben Noble-Lazarus from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

90:00 +4:15

Emile Sinclair takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.

90:00 +3:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson by Adam Henley. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jim O'Brien from right wing, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.

90:00 +2:43

Emile Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Nuno Gomes. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.

90:00 +1:50

Scott Golbourne crosses the ball, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:29

Miguel Nuno Gomes is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Foster.

90:00 +1:06

Close range shot by Miguel Nuno Gomes goes wide of the left-hand post.

89:21 Substitution

Substitution Miguel Nuno Gomes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joshua King.

80:37

Marcus Tudgay concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Kean. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.

75:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Dawson - Barnsley 1 - 2 Blackburn Stephen Dawson grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Barnsley 1-2 Blackburn.

70:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy McNulty on Colin Kazim-Richards. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy from right channel.

69:31 Substitution

Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Emile Sinclair coming on for Craig Davies.

69:17

Effort from the edge of the box by Reuben Noble-Lazarus goes wide of the right-hand upright.

68:42

Jim O'Brien takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Martin Olsson.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Markus Olsson coming on for Ruben Rochina.

64:28

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.

62:26

Colin Kazim-Richards takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.

60:52

Effort from just outside the box by Ruben Rochina goes over the bar.

57:46

Stephen Dawson challenges Joshua King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

56:30

Jason Lowe concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Dawson. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jim O'Brien, save made by Jake Kean.

53:54

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Stephen Foster makes a clearance.

53:22

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ruben Rochina from the left by-line, clearance made by Jimmy McNulty.

52:26

Foul by Jim O'Brien on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jake Kean.

51:24

Effort on goal by Reuben Noble-Lazarus from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

51:01

Stephen Dawson decides to take a short corner.

49:58

Corner taken by Ruben Rochina, clearance made by Jimmy McNulty.

48:54 Booking

Booking Jimmy McNulty is cautioned.

48:46

Ruben Rochina fouled by Jimmy McNulty, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

45:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Davies on Adam Henley. Free kick taken by Jake Kean.

45:15

Joshua King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Tudgay. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jim O'Brien from right wing, clearance by Martin Olsson.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Colin Kazim-Richards replaces Simon Vukcevic.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution John Stones joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Wiseman.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Reuben Noble-Lazarus is brought on as a substitute for Matty Done.

45:00 +3:21 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +2:25

Craig Davies takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.

45:00 +1:18 Booking

Booking The referee books Simon Vukcevic for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:12

Simon Vukcevic concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Dawson. Scott Wiseman restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:19

Stephen Dawson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jake Kean.

44:45

Foul by Jason Lowe on Stephen Dawson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Perkins.

43:06

Assist by Jordan Rhodes.

43:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Ruben Rochina - Barnsley 0 - 2 Blackburn Ruben Rochina finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-2 Blackburn.

42:18

Corner taken by Jim O'Brien from the left by-line played to the near post, Jordan Rhodes makes a clearance.

39:40

Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien. David Perkins restarts play with the free kick.

38:54

Unfair challenge on Matty Done by Ruben Rochina results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Golbourne.

38:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Marcus Tudgay. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

37:48

Unfair challenge on Scott Wiseman by Joshua King results in a free kick. Stephen Foster restarts play with the free kick.

37:07

Unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by Craig Davies results in a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

36:33

Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Jim O'Brien results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Olsson.

34:13

Stephen Foster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ruben Rochina. Ruben Rochina shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Jimmy McNulty.

32:26

Foul by Danny Murphy on David Perkins, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Perkins from right channel, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.

31:04 Booking

Booking The referee books Joshua King for dissent.

29:56

Jordan Rhodes fouled by Jimmy McNulty, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

28:47

Assist by Jordan Rhodes.

28:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Joshua King - Barnsley 0 - 1 Blackburn Joshua King gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Barnsley 0-1 Blackburn.

28:22

Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a comfortable save.

23:14

Craig Davies handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.

22:46

Effort on goal by Jordan Rhodes from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

18:52

Simon Vukcevic takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jim O'Brien.

17:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Jimmy McNulty. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

16:48

Simon Vukcevic takes a inswinging corner.

16:30

Joshua King takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.

15:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Davies on Adam Henley. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.

11:05

Joshua King concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Luke Steele.

9:38

Foul by Matty Done on Grant Hanley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Grant Hanley.

9:16

Foul by Joshua King on David Perkins, free kick awarded. David Perkins takes the direct free kick.

8:10

Effort from just outside the area by Craig Davies goes over the bar.

7:03

Jason Lowe concedes a free kick for a foul on David Perkins. Strike comes in from Craig Davies from the free kick, Jason Lowe gets a block in.

5:19

Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.

3:47

Corner taken by Jim O'Brien, Joshua King manages to make a clearance.

3:16

Corner taken by Jim O'Brien played to the near post, clearance made by Jason Lowe.

2:25

Martin Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Wiseman. Free kick taken by Scott Wiseman.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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