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JORDAN Rhodes insists he is loving life at Blackburn Rovers but admits he has plenty to improve as he continues to adapt to a new role.
Rovers’ £8million man scored his fifth goal in just 10 appearances, since arriving from Huddersfield in August, to earn a 1-0 win over Watford and leave his club just two points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
Rhodes has spent much of his early Rovers career ploughing a lone furrow in attack and, with few chances coming his way, he admits it is something he is having to adapt to.
He said: “I’ve not really had that many chances here, a lot of play has been back to goal which I did not have to do at Huddersfield as there were other players to do that.
“I’ve found myself in a different role and it is definitely a role I have to improve on. I’m enjoying myself here though and the team have helped me settle in. I’m hoping to spend some years here if they will have me.
“We didn’t really get many chances, but I kept plugging in there. With my shot that earned the penalty, I caught it quite well but I don’t know if it was going in but we managed to get the penalty.
“Fortunately at the end, the ball dropped to me, it was a bit under my feet but I managed to get it out and find the net.”
Less than 15 minutes before Rhodes’ injury time winner, the Scottish international had seen Colin Kazim-Richards spurn the chance to give Rovers the lead from the penalty spot. And he admits, like caretaker boss Eric Black, he was expecting to take it himself.
“I wanted to take the penalty,” he said. “I felt I won it and managed to get the ball and was marching to get to the penalty spot. I just had it taken off me.
“Strikers want to take penalties, it’s a chance to score a goal and to step up for the team. He tried to do his best for Blackburn Rovers.
“It was just important to get that goal no matter who got it. It was important to follow up Wednesday night’s win with three points today which is pleasing.
“It is very important for us. We have closed the gap so quickly. It really proves what a difference a week makes.
“We were sitting in 13th before the Derby game and then we get seven points from three games and we are up there. It is good promotion form, it is pleasing to come off a big week with two wins and a draw.”
Rhodes was also determined not to get dragged into the managerial debate and instead chose to praise caretaker boss Eric Black and his team mates.
He said: “He (Black) has been really good on the training field and he has got plenty of ideas on how to improve us.
“I will admit I’m not the finished article, I’m spending time with him on the training ground and trying to improve.
“He is always there to try and help me improve things. It is a pleasure to go in every day and be around him.”
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