Sheffield Wednesday players hail two-goal hero Jordan Rhodes after 5-1 mauling of Norwich City

Jordan Rhodes makes a point after scoring his second goal against Norwich

Jordan Rhodes makes a point after scoring his second goal against Norwich

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Following a match where any number of players were deserving of plaudits, one man earned praise from a list of his Sheffield Wednesday team mates.

Jordan Rhodes arrived at Hillsborough saddled with a big-money tag and huge expectations, yet before Saturday hadn't really been given the opportunity to show what he is truly capable of.

Three of the Owls goalscorers - Jordan Rhodes, Morgan Fox and Ross Wallace

Three of the Owls goalscorers - Jordan Rhodes, Morgan Fox and Ross Wallace

The Owls had yet to find a way of making the most of their new prized-asset and the former Middlesbrough striker had just one goal to his name since making the deadline day switch at the end of January.

On top of that, the frontman missed a penalty last Saturday against Leeds United at Elland Road, in the 1-0 defeat to one of Wednesday's play-off rivals.

So when Rhodes headed in an impressive brace in the 5-1 hammering of Norwich City, there was relief from some, but a huge amount of praise from his colleagues.

First up, Barry Bannan, who was excellent himself in the victory over the Canaries. The midfielder described Rhodes' display as 'typical' and added how important it is that he continues to be provided with quality crosses.

Barry Bannan congratulates Jordan Rhodes on his first goal of the day

Barry Bannan congratulates Jordan Rhodes on his first goal of the day

"That's typical Jordan," he said. "Look at his goals in his career - so far there's been a lot of them like that and if he gets the service and you put the balls in the box he'll get on the end of most of them. He was brilliant, not just for scoring goals but but his all round performance, him and Sam (Winnall). Sam didn't score any goals but the shift he put in and the way he helped the team was brilliant."

Ross Wallace, also on the scoresheet on Saturday was delighted for Rhodes, pointing out how hard it has been to play consistently when game time had previously been lacking at Boro..

"I am really happy for Jordan, he has worked his socks off. He’s not had a lot of game time, then played six games in a row. That’s tough on the legs and he has been working hard for the team."

Yet another to find the net, was Morgan Fox, who echoed the words of Bannan in also pointing out the impact of Sam Winnall who was something of an unsung hero on the day.

"That's what (Rhodes) does, he scores goals," said Fox who was on target for the first time since joining in January from Charlton. "Sam up there as well, he works hard, they worked well together."

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