Kevin Gallacher column: Rhodes will find shooting boots for Blackburn Rovers (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Kevin Gallacher column: Rhodes will find shooting boots for Blackburn Rovers
I’VE got no doubt that Jordan Rhodes will soon get back on the goal trail.
Once he gets that first one his confidence will lift a little bit and he will kick on from there.
It is hard for strikers when you are not scoring.
You are desperate to score and sometimes you can try a little too hard and you start to snatch at things.
But you’ve just got to bide your time and, for me, I think the best thing you can do is just go and hit a ball into an empty net.
Get one of your team-mates to cross the ball across the park and, with no goalkeeper, just hit it into the net.
For me that is the way you can overcome your dry spell quicker – that and just keeping your head down and keep working hard.
I’m a great believer if you work hard you will get your rewards and by all accounts Jordan did exactly that in our win at Reading on Saturday.
And ultimately, although it can be frustrating as an individual if you’re not scoring, the team is winning and that surpasses everything else.
As a team sometimes you need a little bit of luck and we got that on Saturday.
For our goal Jordan got tackled but the ball ran to Craig Conway, he reacted to it and all of a sudden it was in the back of the net.
Then at the other end there was a possibility of a penalty kick for Reading.
So you look back and say, yes, we rode our luck but that does not take anything away from what was a fantastic victory.
Looking forward we have a derby trip to Bolton on Saturday and a win can put us within touching distance of the play-offs.
I think we’re going to have to win 10 of our final 15 games to get into the top six.
Eight of them are at home and they are the ones we must target to win.
If we did that, that would leave us needing two wins away from home – and there would be no better place to start than on Saturday.
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