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All to play for

Posted: Tue 15 Jan 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk

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Jordan Rhodes knows that the players will be out to prove their place ahead of Saturday's match against Charlton Athletic.

Monday saw new boss Michael Appleton take charge of his first training session since taking over as manager with the Rovers' top scorer eager to impress.

"Everyone will have to be right at it to come out of the blocks and try and impress the new manager in training ahead of the game against Charlton on Saturday," said the 22-year-old.

"I'm sure there'll be places up for grabs so it is up to us to work hard in training all week to be right at it, to impress and catch the eye."

Rhodes has also praised the work done by caretaker boss Gary Bowyer and assistants Terry McPhillips and Tony Grant in recent weeks as Rovers picked up 10 points from a possible 12 to start to climb back up the table, and he believes that this has helped the spirit in the camp grow, something that could be crucial in the run towards the end of the campaign.

"Credit to Gary, Terry and Tony for coming in and giving the support and helping us out when we really needed it the most," added Rhodes.

"I think the squad has really pulled itself together and I think you can see from the last two or three matches when we people a goal we are all over, the unity is there, when we are coming off the field at the end there is a bit of a collective, the team spirit seems to have picked up.

"I know there was a bit of a sinking feeling after the five defeats that went before it but a couple of wins really does lift you and hopefully we can carry on with the team spirit.

"There are plenty of points up for grabs and plenty of games to play from now until the end of the season.

"I think over the course of the last three or four weeks I think it is important to go with the mentality that the next game is the biggest game of the season, to not get carried away with the bigger picture and just try and do our best and that is against Charlton.

'We are trying our best, what happens off the field is out of our hands, but it is up to us as professionals to stay professional, to do the right things and act in a way that is a credit to Blackburn."