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Jordan Rhodes: I'm just happy to help the team

12 January 2019

Jordan Rhodes said it was a great feeling to come off the bench and score in front of the travelling fans as City came from behind to pick up a point at West Brom.

Rhodes’ 83rd minute goal cancelled out Dwight Gayle’s opener in the first half, ending the game 1-1.

And the Norwich striker, who praised the determination of his teammates, said he was delighted to be able to help his side get a result they deserved.

“It was good to get the goal,” said Rhodes. “I’m just happy to help the team in whatever circumstance it might be, whether it’s to come on as a sub and help set up goals, I just want to give my all whenever I’m on the pitch.”

Daniel Farke brought Rhodes and Kenny McLean on in a double substitution with 10 minutes to go and it was McLean’s cross which led to the equaliser as just over 2,700 Canary fans watched on.

“The following today was tremendous," said Rhodes. "It always is every week home and away. The supporters are terrific and to give them a goal to cheer at the end was great.

“It was just a matter of getting that goal and getting some result from the game. I think the supporters will have seen that today and had a similar sort of opinion and will be happy to travel back keeping the distance between us and West Brom.

"I know there were other teams who picked up points, but we are still right in the shake up and it’s a point that we didn’t get against them earlier on in the season. We can build on that now and see where it takes us.”

Norwich went behind within 12 minutes and were forced to weather several dangerous spells of pressure from the Baggies. However the City defence stayed strong, with Tim Krul making some crucial saves to keep Norwich in the game.

Reflecting on their opponents, Rhodes said: “I thought they were very good, and they played some really good football. It was up to us to try and halt that storm after the first 25 minutes and we managed to do that, going in at half time just one goal down.

"Coming out in the second half you saw a real different Norwich City and we took the fight to them. And having had a couple of chances ourselves in the second half, it is a point we deserved.

“Our defenders were under the cosh a little bit at times and we stood up to that which is pleasing. I can’t really remember too many times this year when we weathered a storm just like that, so it was a real team performance today. It would have been nice to get three points, but it’s a point here, it’s a point away at Brentford and they are tough places to go.”

The goal was Rhodes’ ninth for the Club in all competitions, and he said he is still enjoying being part of the Norwich City family.

“I love every minute of it,” he said. “It’s a tremendous football club with great fans, great players and great staff. I can’t speak highly enough of everyone involved with Norwich City Football Club. I’m loving every minute and to get some minutes on the pitch here and even score in front of our great supporters is a really good feeling.”

Norwich will now return to Carrow Road for Friday night’s fixture against Birmingham City.

Rhodes said: “We will be looking to try to start the game on the front foot and do our utmost to win. It’s a good chance for us to play on Friday night and set a standard for the onlooking rest of the Championship and to try and point a point or three on the board before everyone else gets a chance to. It will be important to get our recovery now and do everything properly against a top Birmingham team.”

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