Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jordan Rhodes in shootout at the Reeb-OK Coral
THE Juke takes on The Shootist in tomorrow’s Lancashire derby – as Wanderers square up to Blackburn Rovers to prove who really has True Grit.
Lukas Jutkiewicz – an unqualified success since his arrival on loan – boasts three goals in his last four games for Wanderers since swaggering in from Middlesbrough.
On the opposite side, goal poacher supreme Jordan Rhodes is going through the driest spell of his Blackburn career, with no goals in his last eight appearances for Rovers.
But be warned – the rattlesnake has a sting in his tail, and Rhodes has scored three goals in his last three appearances against Wanderers.
Both strikers are expected to bring back-up – Jutkiewicz in the form of diminutive front man Joe Mason, Rhodes in blustering Benin international Rudy Gestede.
But who will emerge The Conqueror?
One player who knows better than most about scoring goals in big games and also played for both clubs is Matt Jansen.
And the 36-year-old believes Jutkiewicz against Rhodes is a mouth-watering clash.
Jansen said: “Goals win games and Blackburn have done well to keep hold of Rhodes while Bolton need goals from Jutkiewicz as well to try to get away from the threat of relegation.”
Despite Rhodes being in a barren spell Jansen believes Wanderers will have to be on their guard to stop the Scotland international adding to his tally of 16 strikes this season.
He said: “We (strikers) always go through spells when we score goals and then like buses they come in quick succession.
“Jutkiewicz may be in good form but it could be vice-versa and he could go on a barren spell.
“But Bolton will be wanting him to get the goals to fire them to a win.
“This is a massive game for both teams and it is a question of who turns up on the day and takes their chances will win.
“Blackburn are pushing for the play-offs while Bolton don’t want to be dragged into a relegation battle.
“It will be a feisty game as most of these local derbies are and both teams will be going for it.”
Jansen, who is assistant manager at Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders Chorley, was seen as a hero for Rovers between 1999 and 2006 before signing for Wanderers where he had a six-month spell.
He said: “Big Sam (Allardyce) rang me after I had finished at Blackburn and asked if I wanted to come to play for them.
“I knew that if anyone could revive a career then Sam could probably do it, and it was a bit strange that my first appearance was against Blackburn after all those years playing for them.
“I have good memories of being involved in Blackburn-Bolton derbies both in the Premier League and in the Championship.”