Jordan Rhodes wants Rovers to prove they can challenge
RED-HOT Jordan Rhodes fired Blackburn Rovers to their first away victory of the season and now wants to prove his side’s promotion credentials.
The striker, who scored twice in the 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, reckons Rovers’ next two matches will go a long way to determining whether they are ready for a top six push.
Gary Bowyer’s side welcome last season’s losing play-off finalists Watford to Ewood Park tomorrow night before travelling to FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic on Sunday – and Rhodes can’t wait.
He said: “We’ve had a half decent start to the season but now we have to continue the good performance we showed on Saturday and follow it up with a couple of results against Watford at home and Wigan away.
“They are teams which are going to be up there come the end of the season and be in and around where we want to be.
“It will be fantastic to pit our wits against them and if we can come away with a half decent points tally – four to six points would be nice – it will have been a good start to the season.”
Rhodes is now the joint leading marksman in the Championship with eight goals – all of which have come in his last six games.
The 23-year-old knows how tough it will be tomorrow night against Gianfranco Zola’s fourth-placed Hornets.
But Rhodes believes it is paramount that Rovers, who are up to 11th, start a winning run.
He said: “Anyone that can string three or four results together can suddenly find themselves at the right end of the table and anyone that doesn’t can suddenly find themselves down at the other end.
“That’s what this league is all about and it’s what we’re getting our head around.
“We’re taking it one game at a time, the next one is Watford on Tuesday and we’ll try and build on the performance against Bournemouth.”
Rhodes will have injections before the Hornets clash to ease the pain of a broken left hand.
He said: “I’ve got to have them for the next two or three weeks then hopefully everything will be healed and all right again.
“But after scoring two goals again I might have to keep the cast on for a while even if the hand is better!”
Rhodes, who has bagged three braces this season, has spent the majority of the campaign leading the line on his own.
However on Saturday he was joined up front by Leon Best, who marked his return to the Rovers starting line-up with a goal and an assist.
Rhodes said: “Leon is a terrific player – his size, his strength and his ability on the ball.
“He’s tough to mark at times and tough to handle – especially when he’s on that sort of form.
“Even if he hadn’t have scored he would still have had a terrific game.
“But I was delighted to see him score the goal to top off the performance.”
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