Rovers top, Tykes hold Seasiders

Rovers top, Tykes hold Seasiders

Published Sep. 15, 2012 3:15 p.m. ET

A 5-3 win at Bristol City took Blackburn to the top of the Championship, while Cardiff and Hull both won but Blackpool drew at Barnsley.

A brace from Jordan Rhodes helped Rovers to thrilling victory at Ashton Gate.

The visitors were behind inside the first minute thanks to Albert Adomah's goal, but frontman Rhodes - who became the visitors' record signing when he joined from Huddersfield for £8million last month - opened his account for his new club just before the half-hour mark to draw things level.

A goal 10 minutes after the break from his strike partner Nuno Gomes was cancelled out by Stephen Pearson's equaliser and after Ruben Rochina put Blackburn back in front, Sam Baldock made it 3-3 with seven minutes to go.


But Rovers defender Scott Dann and Rhodes both struck in stoppage time to secure three points for Steve Kean's side.

Blackburn now have 11 points, one more than second-placed Blackpool, who drew 1-1 at Barnsley.

Craig Davies put the Tykes ahead on 14 minutes before Tom Ince (30) equalised with his fifth goal of the season.

Level on points with the Seasiders are third-placed Brighton, 3-0 victors over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night, Hull in fourth and Cardiff in fifth.

Hull ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at home against Millwall, scoring all their goals in the first half through Robert Koren, Jay Simpson, Abdoulaye Faye and Sone Aluko before Darius Henderson's consolation for the visitors after the break.

Cardiff overcame Leeds 2-1 at home thanks to a Craig Bellamy free-kick and a Peter Whittingham penalty following Tom Lees' foul on Nicky Maynard, Rodolph Austin then pulling one back for the away side.

Sixth-placed Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten start in the league to five games as a Pablo Ibanez own-goal salvaged them a 2-2 draw at home against Birmingham.

Goals from Hayden Mullins and Marlon King had left Forest 2-0 down with less than 20 minutes to go before Simon Cox made it 2-1 and Ibanez netted an unwitting 86th-minute equaliser.

Middlesbrough are up to seventh following their 2-0 triumph over Ipswich at the Riverside Stadium courtesy of a first-half goal from Luke Williams and a late one from Mustapha Carayol.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield defeated Derby 1-0 at home, Bolton registered only their second win of the campaign by beating Watford 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium and Peterborough remain bottom and pointless after a 5-2 thrashing at Burnley.

Friday night's other game saw Crystal Palace win 1-0 at Charlton.