'They're above us in the table' – Canaries striker is wary of Wigan threat
Jordan Rhodes has warned Norwich City must not underestimate opponents Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road this afternoon.
While the Canaries are full of confidence thanks to a four-game winning streak the Latics have made an impressive return to Championship action.
Paul Cook’s side bounced back to the second tier at the first time of asking as League One champions, falling just short of 100 points, and sit fifth in the table thanks to five wins from their opening nine games of this season.
“They’re above us in the table, so we’re going to have to treat them with the utmost respect,” Rhodes said, after scoring a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 4-3 win at Wycombe in the Carabao Cup third round.
“I think I read a stat the other day that they were unbeaten at home and they’ve picked up a few points away as well.
“So they’re a very good side, they ran away with League One last season, so we’re going to have to be right on our game on Saturday, get well recovered and see how we get on.”
The Canaries are also unbeaten in six games in all competitions but the Scotland international insists Daniel Farke’s squad are not getting carried away.
“We just take it one game at a time and try to do our best,” Rhodes continued.
“I know that Leeds game (a 3-0 home loss) was a blip in there but the lads have played really well and are working really hard, so hopefully that will continue.”
While the 28-year-old Sheffield Wednesday loanee was in the goals in midweek, with his treble taking his tally for the season to five goals, three goals were also conceded in a hectic game against League One opposition.
However, with nine changes made to the starting XI for the cup clash, having conceded just once in the last three league games, Rhodes is not concerned.
“A win’s a win in a cup game, maybe in a league game it might do because you’re thinking about goal-difference, but it’s the cup and it’s just a matter of getting the job done and moving on,” he added.
“We knew coming in it would be a tough Wycombe side, they got out of League Two playing some good stuff and they caused us a right load of panic at the end.
“So we’re really pleased that we’re through to the next round and look forward to the draw.”