HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Lee Clark says there’s no chance of Jordan Rhodes’ red-hot scoring streak going to his head.
Town’s Scotland Under 21 ace heads into tonight’s eagerly-awaited League I clash at Scunthorpe having netted 13 times in his last five outings for club and country, with successive hat tricks making it eight goals in three games for Clark’s second-placed side.
That’s put him in range of Dave Mangnall’s best-ever Town scoring sequence of 10 goals in four games, set in 1931-32.
And the manager says his bargain signing from Ipswich in 2009 is fully focused on the Glanford Park mission.
“Jordan’s a fantastic lad who is very level-headed,” said Clark. “His run of goals is unprecedented in my experience, and he’s rightly getting the plaudits.
“But he has been brought up the right way within a footballing family (dad Andy and uncle Steve Agnew were both long-serving professionals) and there’s no way he’ll get carried away with recent events.
“Jordan will have enjoyed taking another match ball home with him on Saturday, but it will now have been stored away and his total focus will be on tonight’s match and doing his utmost to help us get another win.”
Town have had four on the spin in League I and Clark is looking forward to the challenge of extending the run.
“As professionals we all enjoy the feeling in winning games, but you have to work hard to get them.
“Scunthorpe are a good side with an experienced manager (Alan Knill) and players who have had Championship experience, so we will have to be right at it.”
Gary Naysmith is set to come in at left-back in place of Calum Woods, who serves a one-match ban for reaching five bookings, while midfielder Oscar Gobern is out of the equation after injuring an ankle during training.