End of the Rhodes: Stalemate in the season finale

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May 5, 2013 by bluenosebible

BluesBlackburnBirmingham City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Written By: The Bluenose Bible

In the closing game of the 2012/13 season, Lee Clark’s former star came back to haunt him as Jordan Rhodes’ equaliser meant Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers finished with a 1-1 draw.

Lee Clark’s men started the brighter with plenty of long range efforts on goal from Morgaro Gomis and Nathan Redmond, but they did little to trouble Blackburn goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski.

Just after the half hour mark, a poor back pass almost gifted the visitors a lead as Jordan Rhodes capitalised on Paul Caddis’ pass but failed to get round Jack Butland, who made a decisive save to stop Rhodes scoring the opener.

Birminghams-Ravel-Morrison-celebrates-his-goal-with-the-Nathan-Redmond-3410854With not much time remaining in the first half, the hosts took a deserving lead through one of the players making their final appearance for the club. Ravel Morrison made his distinguished run from midfield attacking the Blackburn defence and hit a great driven shot into the bottom right corner for his third of the season.

Following half time, it appeared that Gary Bowyer’s team talk seemed to motivate the away side who managed to retain possession more frequently and looked to create more chances.

312909_1Rovers took their best chance of the game on 66 minutes thanks to their top goal scorer Rhodes who nipped in to score a tap in after a Morten Gamst Pedersen long throw wasn’t dealt with.

Neither side looked like scoring after the equaliser and looked as if they were satisfied to take the point in a game where they both played in an inconsistent style, similar to the rest of the season.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

“The way we have finished has been encouraging. I am looking forward to the summer. It is going to be busy and I am looking forward to building a young vibrant squad.

“No transfer fees will be paid. The budget will not be anywhere near where it was so players coming in will not be getting the same salaries as they have in the past.”

Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer:

“I thought it was very much an end of season game but in the second half we deserved a goal and we might have nicked the game.”

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