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Rhodes: We need to work hard to make every game Norwich's game

14 September 2018

City striker Jordan Rhodes said the team is ready to fight for the win against Middlesbrough after training hard over the international break.

The Canaries take on Boro who sit second in the Sky Bet Championship table at Carrow Road on Saturday at 3pm.

And despite their good start to the season, Rhodes said his City teammates are prepard to beat his former squad.

He said: “Middlesbrough have started really well and they are a team full of good players so it will be up to us to try to work as hard as we can to do the best we can for the team.

“Every game in the Championship is winnable. I think with that mentality we will do well, so we just need to work hard to make every game Norwich’s game.”

A number of City players have been in action for their respective international teams over the break, but Rhodes said everyone has been training hard.

“The squad has been broken up a little bit, but the ones that have been here have been working really hard with double sessions some days and singles the others, and the ones that have been away have been working hard playing lots of minutes as well,” he said.

“Everyone is back together now and we will all collectively pull together for what will be a really tough game against Middlesbrough and a tough couple of weeks with the amount of games coming up.

“Whoever the manager chooses on Saturday will be ready to give their utmost and get the best possible result.”

The Canaries were last in action during the first East Anglian derby of the season away against Ipswich Town on September 2, where they came away with a 1-1 draw.

Rhodes said: “It was a pity that we couldn’t get three points on the day. I thought we played some really good stuff. It is never easy going a goal down in games but I thought we got our just rewards in getting a point.

“On a personal note the atmosphere was a little frosty, but one that I really enjoyed. It was one of the games when I was growing up that I really wanted to be a part of, so to have played in it was a milestone I managed to fulfil.”

Back playing in front of the home crowd on Saturday, Rhodes said the support of the Canary fans has been a “breath of fresh air.”

“The fans have been really encouraging,” he said. “It has been great to come to a club and see the amount of fans out in their numbers and away from home the support has been phenomenal and that’s not even just been in this country. In pre-season we saw the fans go away to support us and it really has been a breath of fresh air.

“One thing that always struck me as an away player coming to Carrow Road was seeing so many yellow and green shirts in the stadium and I think coming here now and playing as a home player, it really is quite striking how many fans turn up in yellow and green. Long may that continue.”

The Scottish international also spoke about how well he has settled in at the Club.

Rhodes said: “It’s great being part of a team that are not only a really talented bunch of lads but a really great set of lads off the field.

“There is really good camaraderie in the squad and really good team spirit. We just hope we can kick on a bit and start picking up some more points and give the fans something to cheer about.

“On a personal note I am enjoying every minute of it. Norfolk is a lovely area to live, my family has really settled and everyone has made me feel so very welcome. I’m working as hard as I can on the training field with the manager and the coaching staff and with the lads to hopefully play some more minutes in the upcoming weeks.”


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