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Across the Border: ‘Cult hero’ Rhodes makes an important contribution

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Jordan Rhodes has made a number of telling contributions since his arrival at Carrow Road, but the late equaliser at the Hawthorns may just be his most important yet.

Rhodes has had to play second fiddle to Teemu Pukki for much of this season, but once again made an impact from the bench, deftly stabbing home a pinpoint cross from Kenny McLean.

It was what you might describe as a typical poacher’s finish from the Scottish striker – who is fast becoming something of a cult hero due to his previous connections across the border.

In terms of the league table, there is no hiding from the significance of the result, with West Brom almost certain to be one of teams vying for promotion come the end of the season.

Beyond that, it was another testament to the character and resilience of Daniel Farke’s young Canaries – who improved drastically after struggling to deal with West Brom’s high press during a tough first 45 minutes.

Looking at the bigger picture, City are now four games without a win for the first time since the opening weeks of the season, but there is no need for anyone with a yellow persuasion to panic. That’s not to downplay the importance of getting back to winning ways against Birmingham at Carrow Road tonight – especially when you consider Sheffield United and Leeds are next on the agenda for the Canaries.

In terms of selection, City appear to be beyond the worst of the recent injury crisis – with Emi Buendia’s early return to fitness a massive boost for Farke.

McLean’s assist will have done his case for a starting place no harm as he looks to kick-start his City career following a lengthy spell on the side-lines.

I would expect to see Tim Klose return to the team after only being fit enough for the bench last time out.

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