Lancashire TelegraphDerby win more important than ending goal drought, says Blackburn Rovers striker Rhodes (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Derby win more important than ending goal drought, says Blackburn Rovers striker Rhodes

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JORDAN Rhodes is happy to let the longest dry spell of his prolific Blackburn Rovers career continue if it means beating Burnley in tomorrow's East Lancashire derby.

The Scotland international striker goes into the big Ewood Park encounter on a barren run of nine matches without a goal.

Rhodes would willingly accept another fluke like the one he scored to earn Rovers a draw in September’s reverse clash at Turf Moor if that is what it takes to get back on the goal trial.

But the 24-year-old would have no problem at going a 10th game without hitting the net as long as Rovers get the better of their rivals.

“The goal at their place (earlier this season) was one of my favourites to be honest, it was nice to see it go off my shinpad and loop over the keeper,” said Rhodes, who has scored 44 goals in 82 appearances for Rovers since his club record £8m move from Huddersfield Town in August 2012.

“I’d take another one of them on Sunday. It’d be nice but it’s more about the team and as long as we win on Sunday that’s all that matters.”

Rhodes is Rovers’ top scorer this season with 16 goals in 34 matches.

But he has not netted since the 2-1 win at Leeds United on New Year’s Day.

Rhodes said: “You can’t too caught up when things are going well and you can’t get too down when things aren’t particularly going too well.

“As long as we’re picking up wins and picking up points I’m in no position to complain.”

Rhodes captained Rovers in last Saturday’s defeat at Bolton Wanderers after skipper Grant Hanley was ruled out with a calf strain.

And he admits extending Rovers’ 35-year unbeaten run over Burnley to 12 matches would certainly help erase the memories of the 4-0 loss at the Reebok Stadium.

“I know we’ve got plenty of midweek games coming up but it would have been nice to have had one and put things right and had a little bit of extra confidence going into Sunday’s game,” said Rhodes, who marked his East Lancashire derby debut with a goal as Rovers drew 1-1 at Turf Moor last season.

“But what better way to put things right than by winning the Burnley game.

“It would be fantastic to win, especially at home with our crowd behind us, but Burnley are doing very well this season and it’s going to be a tough game in all aspects of it.”

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11:25am Sun 9 Mar 14

dangerous dave says...

sounds to me a bit like passing the buck/finding a plausible excuse in case he his scoreless yet again - but what ever a win is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
sounds to me a bit like passing the buck/finding a plausible excuse in case he his scoreless yet again - but what ever a win is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave
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11:36am Sun 9 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

dangerous dave wrote:
sounds to me a bit like passing the buck/finding a plausible excuse in case he his scoreless yet again - but what ever a win is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Why do u bother DD your not a supporter your just a whinger, go on the Dingle pages, you sound like one of them!!
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: sounds to me a bit like passing the buck/finding a plausible excuse in case he his scoreless yet again - but what ever a win is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Why do u bother DD your not a supporter your just a whinger, go on the Dingle pages, you sound like one of them!! Lancs - pensioner
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11:40am Sun 9 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

To DD, win lose or draw I'll still support the team I have supported for 50 plus years, through thick and thin, yes I have the odd moan but I still support them, you never have and never will, go away and leave it to the true supporters.
To DD, win lose or draw I'll still support the team I have supported for 50 plus years, through thick and thin, yes I have the odd moan but I still support them, you never have and never will, go away and leave it to the true supporters. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

11:47am Sun 9 Mar 14

Roverthere says...

It seems our inferior friends have got a bit above themselves with recent success. Time to sort them out again!. COYB
It seems our inferior friends have got a bit above themselves with recent success. Time to sort them out again!. COYB Roverthere
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11:58am Sun 9 Mar 14

Harry N.Cyprus says...

Bacon butty then off to watch the match in the Paradise bar ..
Not on TV much since dropping into the Championship ..
Bacon butty then off to watch the match in the Paradise bar .. Not on TV much since dropping into the Championship .. Harry N.Cyprus
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