Hat-trick hero Jordan Rhodes opens up on his Sheffield Wednesday career
Owls striker Jordan Rhodes hopes to push on after bagging the perfect hat-trick in their away triumph at Nottingham Forest.
Rhodes netted a first half treble in what was just his second Championship start of the season to help Wednesday thrash Forest 4-0 at the City Ground.
It ended his 20-month Owls goal drought in stunning fashion.
"I have been trying to work as hard as I can on the training field and improve myself behind the scenes as a player and a person," said Rhodes, who hit nine goals during a loan spell at Norwich City last season. "Sometimes days like this go for you as a striker when you get the goals and things and other times they don't.
"It is why you keep going and keep playing football for days like today."
Asked to describe the last 18 months, Rhodes said: "Firstly, going to Norwich was a really good experience.
"The team and fans were very welcoming. I enjoyed my time there and the lads there did incredibly in winning the league.
"Coming back into a really welcoming dressing room and a familiar dressing room always helps.
"You try and keep your head down and work as hard as you can with the different managers.
"We have had three managers since pre-season with Steve Bruce, Lee [Bullen] and Garry Monk. You just try and work as hard as you can. Each day is a chance to impress.
"I have tried to keep my down and stay as positive as I can."
Rhodes is enjoying a run in the side and working under Monk.
"He has not said too much; he has told me to go and enjoy my football and do what you do," said Rhodes. "It has been enjoyable.
"It is not always easy when you are not playing football.
"I have really enjoyed the last week. Let's see what Bristol City brings now.
"All I can do is keep working hard and try my best day in, day out.
"Every day is a new day.
"All I can do is give it my best. Some days it is good enough, some days it isn't."