Jordan Rhodes netted a superb hat-trick as Sheffield Wednesday cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.
The striker had failed to find the net during his six previous appearances this campaign, but he scored on three occasions inside the first half at the City Ground as his attacking partner Steven Fletcher scored the Owls’ only other goal.
Rhodes has struggled to truly find his feet at Hillsborough since first joining the club back in 2017, but has now proven his goalscoring ability in style during his second consecutive start for Garry Monk’s side.
The former Blackburn man’s goalscoring haul has now helped elevate Wednesday up to fifth in the Championship table after winning three of their last four games, while Rhodes has now become the Owls’ joint-second top goalscorer this term.
Plenty of Wednesday supporters took to Twitter to express their joy at Rhodes’ hat-trick, while others suggested this match could be the start of big things for the striker if his teammates keep providing him with service.
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Here are some of the responses…
Really please for Rhodes today. He needed that not just for him but to help get people of his back. Hopefully he can continue it going forward. Yet another Fletcher goal. That man is a god #swfc
— Tony Chambers (@tonyowlsfan) December 14, 2019
We done to Jordan Rhodes. What a strange game football is ! I have to admit he looked unfit and tired when he went off on Wednesday but he’s got the class and if you give him the service he will score goals. #swfc
— Jason Fage (@jfagej) December 14, 2019
I backed Rhodes for a long time but even I had pretty much given up on him after a couple of very lacklustre substitute appearances earlier in the season. I hope today is the start of big things for him 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #swfc
— Steve Turner (@Majortarantino) December 14, 2019
Jordan Rhodes, I've never been more pleased for a player to score a hat trick. Absolutely delighted for him, hopefully this is the springboard for him now at Wednesday. Give him service and he will score goals. #swfc
— Tom Taylor-Batty (@TomTB1995) December 14, 2019
Really hope Rhodes gets back to his old self now. Confidence flowing for him #swfc
— Owen (@owen_ryan7) December 14, 2019
Please tell me this is the rebirth of Jordan Rhodes. We’re finally playing to his strengths, him and fletcher seem to compliment each others play as well. #swfc
— Alex Stinton-Heeley (@StintonHeeley) December 14, 2019
Jordan Rhodes is class such a natural finisher. Probably the best striker and player in this league. Said it all along 🤣 #swfc
— Josh (@Jaybe07) December 14, 2019