JORDAN RHODES claimed his 20th Huddersfield Town goal of the season to sink struggling Chesterfield then insisted: “The victory was far more important than the name on the scoresheet.”
Lee Clark’s side stayed fourth in League I – and could be leapfrogged by Sheffield United when they host Notts County this afternoon.
But after a first win in four games and a first Boxing Day triumph since 2004, they can put added pressure on their promotion rivals by beating Carlisle at the Galpharm on Friday and returning to the top two ahead of Saturday’s games.
“After those three matches without a win, getting three points was the important thing,” said Rhodes.
“Chesterfield made us work hard but I thought we deserved the victory after playing some good football.”
The clean sheet was Town’s first in seven matches, and Rhodes added: “The lads at the back worked hard to lay the platform for the rest of us to push forward.
“It wasn’t always the most fantastic of spectacles, but we were workmanlike and like I said, we all knew the win was vital.”
Of his goal, back-heeled past goalkeeper Tommy Lee from Lee Novak’s cross in the 34th minute, Rhodes said: “Lee did terrifically well to get down the left and put in a great cross.
“I was just ahead of the ball, so I tried to adapt, get good contact and send it in the right direction, and it was great to see it roll into that far corner of the net!”
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