Jordan Rhodes’ finishing may not have been up to his usual standards yesterday evening, but he still managed to impressed Middlesbrough fans with his performance against Cardiff City.
Boro beat the Welsh side 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium last night, as they picked up their first victory for five matches.
And Rhodes, who was the club’s marquee signing in January, was a constant threat throughout the contest.
The Scotland international troubled the Cardiff defence throughout the contest, with his work rate and hold up play catching the eye.
Rhodes is generally noted as a penalty-box finisher, but he was guilty of missing a host of chances.
Thankfully for the 28-year-old his uncharacteristic lack of composure in front of goal did not come back to haunt him, as his teammates were more ruthless.
An own goal from Matthew Connolly set Boro on their way, before goals from Gaston Ramirez and Dave Nugent completed the triumph.
Rhodes’ display still was the talk of social media after the match, though, with many Boro fans impressed with his unselfish play. Here’s the best reaction on Twitter.
Who said Rhodes can't hold the ball up, win a header and hasn't got pace? Shame he couldn't finish tonight though! #Boro— Matthew Brown (@__MatthewBrown) February 23, 2016
Tip top performance by Boro tonight Rhodes running off the ball was a joy to watch, once Royal Mail deliver his scoring boots he'll bag tons— Richard Bendelow (@Rich_Bendelow) February 23, 2016
Boro 3-1 Cardiff: Gaston Ramirez v impressive. Jordan Rhodes lively but missed a few. Promotion back on track after 5 without a win.— Simon Bird (@SimonBird_) February 23, 2016
Yes Rhodes was wasteful, but we looked so much better with him in the side. Movement excellent and was a real nuisance all night #boro— Peter Swallow (@CCfooty) February 23, 2016
Rhodes should have had a hat-trick, his finishing just needs to match his movement #boro— Clarky (@ExecutionersAim) February 23, 2016
Ramirez and Rhodes were class tonight! Along with Adomah and Fry, just a shame Rhodes couldn't get on the goals! Great win... UTB!— Ben Nicholls (@Ben_Nicholls97) February 23, 2016
Rhodes will score a bucket full soon,chances a plenty.utb— Keith Hutchinson (@Keithhutch30) February 23, 2016