Bolton Wanderers striker Jermaine Beckford's warning to stop Jordan Rhodes
JERMAINE Beckford has sounded a warning to Wanderers ahead of the derby clash with Blackburn Rovers: Stop Jordan Rhodes at all costs!
Fresh from scoring his first goal for the Whites at Tranmere in midweek the summer signing heads to Ewood Park in confident mood.
That may also be true of Rovers’ poacher Rhodes who scored his first two goals of the campaign in a 5-2 thrashing of Barnsley last weekend.
The £8million Scottish striker is a wanted man after netting 33 times last season for club and country – and is rated by Dougie Freedman as one of the top marksmen in the Championship.
Beckford admits he, too, is a big admirer of the 23-year-old, who could post the biggest threat to Wanderers picking up their first victory of the season tomorrow afternoon.
“Jordan Rhodes is a natural born goalscorer, and for someone like myself who has scored a few goals, I appreciate and respect everything he has done,” he said. “He is a very good player, a dangerous player and one we have to watch.
“It will be a good test for the boys not to switch off for the full 90 minutes."
With David Wheater, Craig Davies and, potentially, Marc Tierney adding to an already-extensive injury list this week, Dougie Freedman may have no choice but to keep faith with most of the young team that crashed out of the Capital One Cup in midweek on penalties to Tranmere.
Freedman voiced some concern over the depth of his squad at Prenton Park but Beckford has backed the young guns to come out firing if they are called upon at Blackburn.
“The youngsters are all playing to get experience and the manager wouldn't bring them in if he didn't think they could do it,” he said. “They all deserve their chance. You are bound to get injuries and the way we deal with it is by sticking really close and working well as a unit."
After breaking his duck Beckford is now hoping that his own Reebok career can get going after a frustrating start. Likewise, he believes Wanderers can kick-on after three successive defeats.
"There will be no moping after Tranmere defeat. We have plenty of games left.
“We have been unfortunate. With the performances we have put in, it's only a matter of time before we get the three points. It doesn't matter if we concede one goal as long as we score two or three.
"I hope I get on a roll now. It's always good to get off the mark, especially with a new club. As a forward it does lift your confidence up. Hopefully, I can get a goal or two against Blackburn.”