LEE CLARK has told strike star Jordan Rhodes: “Don’t worry about missing chances.”
The 19-year-old was unable to add to his 11-goal haul at Charlton Athletic, but will carry on the hunt at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday with the full backing of his boss.
“Okay, Jordan may have missed a couple at Charlton, but I’d far rather he had a go,” said Clark, whose side are eighth in League I.
“It’s easy to forget how young he is, and he’s still very much at the learning stage.
“I played alongside some of the best strikers in the business and believe me, they missed chances too.
“What they did is refuse to let it affect them. They kept going until they did score, and that’s what I want Jordan to do.
“He has already shown he has the quality and ability to become a top player and we are doing all we can to help him get there.”
Rhodes played only his fourth entire match at Charlton (he has been substituted 10 times and come off the bench once) and statistics show his ratio of goals to time on the pitch is the best in the division.
Orient rose to 15th by beating London rivals Brentford 2-1 at the Matchroom Stadium, and manager Geraint Williams is keen they push on.
“After a tough start to the season we are now mid-table and we want to look upwards,” said the former Colchester United chief.