Goal hero Jordan Rhodes heaps praise on Darren Moore as remarkable Championship record comes into sight after Sheffield Wednesday double

Jordan Rhodes’ brace against Barnsley made sure that this season was his best since joining Sheffield Wednesday in terms of Championship goal return, and there’s now a remarkable record in sight for him.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 8:00 am

Rhodes was the hero for Wednesday on Saturday afternoon as his brace gave the Owls a 2-1 win over local rivals Barnsley, and he’s now just eight goals away from becoming the top-scoring Championship striker of all time.

With three goals and an assist in his last three games, the forward is doing his bit in Wednesday’s push to stay up, and he insists that they won’t give up until it’s no longer possible.

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Speaking to the media after the victory at Oakwell, the 31-year-old said, “Everybody in there is fighting the best that they can for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and if we knew that we weren’t going to get anything out of it then we’d be the first to say - but we’ll keep going right to the very end, and you can’t really say fairer than that.

“I’m just enjoying every minute of it. I feel like I’m playing with a smile on my face, and I’m really enjoying it…”

The forward has now got six goals this season – incredibly his best return for a league - campaign at Wednesday, and it feels like if any manager is going to get more out of him, then Darren Moore is the one to do it.

Rhodes went on to say, “Me and the manager know each other from our time at Blackburn, and he knows what qualities I bring - my strengths and my weaknesses - and he’s been really positive.

Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes is finding some form. (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

“All of his messages have been positive, from top to bottom, and we’re all just trying out best for each other, for the manager, for the staff, and for each other.”

Now the forward (with 114 goals)), who will see his Owls contract expire in June, has nine games to score the eight more needed to overtake David Nugent (121 goals) as the Championship’s top scorer.

Next up for Wednesday after the international break is a trip to another in-form team, Watford, as they seek back-to-back victories for Moore.

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