LEE CLARK says Jordan Rhodes’ reaction after being replaced at Walsall underlines his professionalism.
Town’s joint top scorer, who will aim to add to an eight-goal tally at Colchester on Saturday, was clearly frustrated on leaving the pitch after 73 minutes at the Bescot Stadium.
And boss Clark, whose side lost 2-1, explained: “He was upset at missing a chance just before, and the first thing he did was to apologise to the management team and players on the bench, which shows what a good professional he is.”
The 19-year-old, whose effort was blocked by former Town player and eventual match-winner Dwayne Mattis, has made a big impact since joining from Ipswich.
His partnership with fellow summer arrival Theo Robinson, who bagged his eighth goal of the season in the League I clash at Walsall, has blossomed.
And Clark, whose side remain sixth, added: “They are both young players who are desperate to learn and to succeed, and we’ve plenty like them at this club.
“We’re in a phase where we aren’t always making the right decisions in matches, something which is almost sure to happen with young players, but we’ll keep working hard to educate them.
“I’ve told them that if they do something wrong, they have to ensure that it’s because they were trying to do something right, and we have to learn from the mistakes which have been made.”