Jones up for the challenge of blocking Rhodes

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ROB Jones is braced for the task of subduing Huddersfield front two Jordan Rhodes and Jon Parkin.

It is one of the key challenges facing the Owls in today’s Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Scotland international Rhodes has scored 15 goals for the Terriers this season; Parkin has yet to get off the mark after a loan move from Cardiff but the former Barnsley, Hull, Stoke and Preston centre-forward has a wealth of experience.

Jones expects that Huddersfield as a whole will present on-form Wednesday with a stiff test but there is no lack of confidence in a club with an unbeaten home record.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game,” said the Hillsborough skipper.

“Huddersfield are a club who have been there or thereabouts in this division, fighting to get into the Championship.

“They have the top scorer in the division, Jordan Rhodes, and a big squad that’s had a lot of money spent on it. We’re at home - but it’s going to be a difficult task.”

He added: “Rhodes is an international footballer. He’s done very well. I haven’t seen that much of him, to be truthful, but if you score goals in this division then you must have quality.

“But we have a great home record - we’d like to continue that. It bodes well for a good game.”

Jones has played against Parkin before, when the striker was at Preston: “He’s a good footballer, in the mould of Chris O’Grady, big and strong; he holds the ball well.

“It’s a tough ask for us but he and we will be looking forward to the game.

“We’ve had a great run at home, Our away form has improved massively.

“We went to Oldham, a difficult place, and got a great result.

“We are very close and tight knit. We take everything in our stride.”