Bristol City keeper Tom Heatons admits Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes is the difference
Bristol City goalkeeper Tom Heaton admitted Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes was the difference between the two sides in today's npower Championship encounter at Ewood Park.
The Scotland international striker scored a goal in each half to give Rovers a 2-0 win over lowly City and take his tally for the season to 19.
Having been beaten twice by Rhodes, Heaton conceded: "I think it is fair to say he was the difference today.
"If you stand back and analyse the game, we have probably had the better chances in the first half and have not taken them.
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"We were undone by a second phase at a set piece and Rhodes has taken his chance.
"I think we showed great character to stay in the game and I thought we kept them penned in for the first 20 minutes of the second half.
"Unfortunately, we have then been undone by a brilliant piece of finishing.
"At 2-0 down away from home, you have to chase the game and we didn't really get much joy from then on.
"For 65 minutes, there was nothing in the game, but have not taken our chances."
City were certainly more competitive than when the sides last met in the FA Cup a month earlier and Heaton was keen to accentuate the positives.
He said: "In terms of the result, it was not ideal. There were a lot of good things to come out of the game.
"We showed we had the attitude to try and get back into the game. It didn't quite happen, but we showed we were desperate to get back into the game.
"There was certainly no lack of effort."
Former Bristol City right-back Bradley Orr made his first Blackburn appearance since October and afterwards gave the visitors a vote of confidence.
He said: "I think Bristol City will be okay this season. They are in a difficult position, but I'm sure they have enough quality to get out of it."