Monday, 4 February 2013

Jordan Rhodes: I Hit My Century Weeks Ago!

Jordan Rhodes was taken aback when the man on the PA system said he had just scored one hundred league goals - the hitman thought he had passed that landmark weeks ago!

Blackburn's £8m striker came into the game with the stat men insisting he was on 98 strikes and believing his second in 2-0 defeat of Bristol City had taken him to his century.

But Rhodes claimed: "I don't know where they got the stats from but I got 100 league goals two or three games ago.

"I'm happy about getting there but everyone is two or three games out!"

The prolific frontman netted for his sixth league game on the trot to reignite hope among the Blackburn faithful they might sneak back into the play-off race.

Michael Appleton's first win in charge took them to within seven points of sixth place Middlesbrough.

But for Rhodes, his run of recent strikes has also helped him 
secure the first big goal of his career.

He added: "I aimed to get the 100 league goals by the age of 22 and I turn 23 next week. I am just happy to sneak two today and achieve that."

Seeing Rhodes smash a century of goals so early in his career came as no surprise to beaten boss Sean O'Driscoll.

The Bristol City chief reckons the Scottish international is as a good as Alan Shearer in sniffing out chances.

He said: "He's clever - give him a chance inside the six yard box and I know who my money would be on.

"He's not the quickest, he's just clever. I've watched him so many times, he almost feeds on scraps and he doesn't get frustrated, which is probably his biggest plus for me.

"Sometimes he gets isolated completely but he'll get a chance sooner or later and he maintains his concentration and level of performance and waits for the defender to drop off and pounces.

"Alan Shearer was the best I've ever seen at doing that and Jordan's right up there with that.

"Gary Lineker was the same, they know what defenders are going to do and they do the opposite and find space."

O'Driscoll was angry at his struggling side's decision to go gung-ho in search of a leveller - letting Rhodes in for an easy second.

He added: "We went about it the wrong way - lots of effort, lots of endeavour, little thought, and we lost our shape and our structure.

"We're sort of gambling on scoring a goal rather than creating a chance."

Steven Davies did hit the post for the Robins at 1-0 down but in truth they never looked like winning once Rhodes got his 
first half opener.

A Morten Gamst Pedersen ball into the box dropped to him and he cleverly created space to shoot home.

His second was a simple affair, as he held off James Wilson to reach Danny Murphy's lofted pass and slotted home to leave City one spot off the bottom of the table.

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