Sheffield Wednesday: Jordan Rhodes calls on fans, players and staff to show a united front in battle for play-off place

Jordan Rhodes says Sheffield Wednesday need to stay united as a group
Jordan Rhodes says Sheffield Wednesday need to stay united as a group
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It’s fair to say that when Jordan Rhodes arrived at Sheffield Wednesday, fans were expecting more goals than the three he has come up with so far.

However, having a proven goalscorer in the team doesn’t always guarantee an immediate return - football just isn’t as simple as that.

Jordan Rhodes has scored three goals for Wedneday since his move

Jordan Rhodes has scored three goals for Wedneday since his move

There are a number of factors to take into consideration; the fact that he hadn’t played much before joining the club; the team’s patchy form; the inability to create enough chances for the frontman; the weight of expectation, all of these, contributing factors.

That is not to say Rhodes isn’t doing his bit. The Scotland international’s workrate has been superb in every game he has played since making the move from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window.

He would just like more goals.

But, as the striker says,the most important thing now is not who scores, but adding tallies to the points column for Wednesday, with eight games of the regular Championship season remaining.

Jordan Rhodes and his owls team mates endured a frustrating night when Reading beat them 2-0 in their last game

Jordan Rhodes and his owls team mates endured a frustrating night when Reading beat them 2-0 in their last game

“It would be nice (to have more goals) but it is not about me,” he said. “It is all about Sheffield Wednesday picking up the points.

“When selected and out there, I will work as hard as I can to do my job as a striker to set up goals or score them.”

Pressure has been mounting a little on the team as a whole, after a stumbling run of form that saw a brilliant display in beating Norwich City 5-1 punctuate a sequence of one win in six games.

The latest defeat came just before the international break, a 2-0 reverse inflicted on them by fellow contenders Reading. Only a wobble by Fulham, closest challengers for a play-off place, has prevented the Owls from dropping out of the top six and criticism has been flying in from all corners.

Jordan Rhodes so close to an equaliser

Jordan Rhodes so close to an equaliser

In keeping with his manner, Rhodes isn’t getting concerned. The 27 year-old understands that people are entitled to their views, but he has urged a united front, from everyone associated with Wednesday.

“Everyone has their own philosophies, as to how to get back on track,” he said. “There is no one answer, or otherwise everyone would be playing at the top.

“Football is a game of opinions, isn’t it? We just have to work as hard as we can and stay united as a group. Players, fans, staff alike. We have to keep going.

“We actually did all right against Reading. I would think many would agree with that. It was just a shame we couldn’t get that goal, as come the end of the match there is only one stat that counts.”

While the heat has been cranked up since a move to Sheffield, Rhodes is still loving life on S6.

“I am really enjoying being part of the club,” he said. “The staff and the fans are fantastic and really welcoming. I am really enjoying my football at the moment.

“It is a fantastic area and one I am looking forward to settling into.”

“It is a shame these last three games haven’t gone as well as we would have hoped but, again, we have to look at the bigger picture.

“The last eight games are Cup finals and, hopefully, we can then get another three after that and give all the Sheffield Wednesday fans something to cheer. Let’s not panic, for the time being. And let’s look at the bigger picture.”