Sheffield Wednesday: Jordan Rhodes urged to push on after Millwall winner

Wide man Ross Wallace hopes Jordan Rhodes goal against Millwall will kick-start the Owls striker's season.

Wednesday, 1st November 2017, 10:29 am
Jordan Rhodes

Rhodes marked his first Championship start in over two months in style, bagging the winner in Wednesday’s battling 2-1 triumph over the Lions.

The 27-year-old headed in Jacob Butterfield’s corner to secure just the Owls’ second victory in their last eight Championship fixtures.

Ross Wallace

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It was only Rhodes’ fourth goal in 30 league outings since Wednesday forked out £8m to buy him from Middlesbrough last February.

Rhodes, who also hit the post late on, has largely provided back-up to first-choice pairing Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher this term.

“I hope it kick starts Jordan,” Wallace told The Star. “We have always had confidence in Jordan.

Ross Wallace

“It has been hard for him as Hoops and Fletch have played really well together so have deserved to play.

“Jordan has been working hard in training like the rest of the boys and it was up to him to come in and take his chance and he did. He played well and could have scored more.

“He scored and hopefully now he can get a few more.”

The result lifted the Owls up two places to 14th, only three points shy of the play-off positions.

Wallace said: “It was important to get the win. We looked, in spells, like we were getting back to the way we normally play. We played some decent football.

“We were disappointed not to get the three points against Barnsley. We have picked up four points at home (this week) which gives us confidence going into Villa.

“If we get a result there, we go into the international break looking to come back strong again.”