JORDAN RHODES reached a half-century of Town goals as he led the 4-0 destruction of Brentford then urged his teammates: “Carry on without me!”
The striker was handed a first start in four games in the heat of Griffin Park, and responded with two cool headed finishes to make it six goals for the season and 51 since joining from Ipswich in July 2009.
Rhodes, who had a loan spell at Brentford before joining Town, today joins up with Scotland Under 21s for their European Championship qualifiers in Luxembourg on Thursday and at home to Austria a week tonight.
That means the 21-year-old, who has three caps, misses tomorrow’s home derby against Bradford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – kick-off 7.00 – and Saturday’s League I clash with Stevenage, also at the Galpharm.
“I love playing for Huddersfield Town and I love scoring goals, so it was a great day,” said Rhodes, who was joined by Lee Novak and Gary Roberts on the scoresheet as Lee Clark’s fifth-placed side made it 36 successive league games unbeaten and set a new club record of 19 without loss away from home.
“I was delighted to be in the starting side and just keen to make a contribution, but it’s all about the squad, and everyone has a part to play.
“It’s frustrating to have to miss games, but I want to play international football and I know the rest of the players are more than capable of winning our next two games.”
It might easily have been a hat trick for Rhodes, who hit a post in the build-up to Roberts’ goal having earlier hit the bar, and he said: “It’s a bit disappointing, but if anyone had offered me two goals beforehand, I’d have snapped their hand off.”
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