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JR: Character has seen us through

Posted: Tue 30 Apr 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk

Jordan Rhodes was delighted to play his part as Rovers' point against Crystal Palace on Saturday all but assured the club of their championship safety.

Whilst Rovers aren't mathematically safe, only a host of unlikely results on the final day of the season next Saturday would prevent them taking part in the second tier of English football next season.

Inevitably it was Player of the Year Rhodes who earned Rovers the point, his cleverly taken strike on 42 minutes evening up the scoreline after Stephen Dobbie had given Palace the lead.

Asked whether it was one of his most important goals of his career, Rhodes told Radio Rovers: "It think it is up there, it was a terrific ball in from Josh and I managed to help it on it's way into goal, it was nice to see it hit the back of the net.

"As strikers you aren't really fussed how the ball goes in, two yard tap-ins are probably the best ones in our book, but I'm just happy to score and happy to get the point that sees us safe."

The draw against Palace means that Rovers have picked up an impressive 10 points from a possible 15 in the last three weeks, a run that has seen them move clear of the drop.

"It has been massive these last couple of weeks," added Rhodes. "Especially as a few weeks ago we saw ourselves a couple of points adrift and in that bottom three.

"We got together and hit some decent form when the pressure got going and the going got tough and I think it showed good character from everyone in the squad that we managed to fight out results.

"That win down at Millwall was massive and was probably our best result this year looking back.

"So it is fantastic for everyone involved that we have managed to steer clear of trouble.

"We can enjoy our week now for the first time in a while and hopefully go down to Birmingham and play with a little bit of freedom.

"I'm sure everyone selected will give their all and show the right attitude before going into the summer break."

Rhodes and Rovers are in action for the final time this season when they travel to St. Andrews to take on Birmingham next Saturday, kick-off 12.45pm.

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