JORDAN RHODES was keener to talk about his teammates than his hat-trick as Huddersfield Town scored four at Exeter for the second season running.
“I thought the whole side played well, and this was a real all-round effort,” said the 21-year-old striker who also notched a treble against the Devon side the season before last (in a 4-0 Galpharm victory).
“Alan Lee led the line really well for an hour and when Lee Novak took over from him, he did terrifically well.”
It was a fourth career hat-trick for Rhodes, who was making his 100th league start (for Ipswich, Rochdale and Brentford as well as Town).
And it took his recent goal tally to 10 in four games (five in two for Scotland Under 21s) and his Town haul for the season so far to nine, the same as Novak.
“For the first, Alan Lee got a great touch and lifted it over the defender’s head,” explained Rhodes.
“There was a mix-up between a defender and the goalie and I managed to poke it in.
“For the second Calum Woods got a great long throw into the box, a tactic which has proved very destructive over the last six weeks.
“Lee Novak got across the front of the defenders, held the ball up and laid it back and I caught it with my left foot and put it into the right-hand corner of the net.
“Then Danny Ward, who looked very lively after coming on, got in the kind of cross a striker dreams of getting on the end of.
“I managed to meet it with my head and tried to cushion it into the net rather than power or direct it in.
As a striker, you just try to keep getting into the right kind of positions, and I get great deliveries.
“It’s a dream to get a hat-trick and fantastic to have another match ball, and it’s nice to be on a run like I am when they keep going in.”
Jordan Rhodes' hat-trick record for Huddersfield Town
FIRST: For Brentford (on loan from Ipswich) in 3-1 League II win at Shrewsbury on January 31, 2009. Became the youngest hat-trick scorer in the Bees’ history at five days short of his 19th birthday.
SECOND: For Town in 4-0 League I home win over Exeter on October 10, 2009. Scored in 10 minutes, it was the fastest all-headed hat trick in Football League history.
THIRD: For Scotland Under 21s in their 5-1 Euro Championship qualifier in Luxembourg on October 6 this year. Made him the first player to score a hat trick for the Scots since Mark Burchill for the Under 21s against Bosnia in 1999.
FOURTH: Saturday’s effort against on his 100th league start (for Ipswich, Rochdale and Brentford as well as Town) took Rhodes’ recent goal glut to 10 in four games. It made his season’s tally at club level nine, his overall Town total 54 and his career league number 52.