'Mr Cool' Rhodes earns praise
Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes has been nicknamed 'Mr Cool' while Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll was pleased for Simon Cox.
Last Updated: 21/08/12 11:16pm
Huddersfield Town's star striker Jordan Rhodes has been nicknamed 'Mr Cool' by manager Simon Grayson while Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll was pleased to see Simon Cox score in Tuesday's 1-1 draw.
The Terriers looked to be heading for a second Championship defeat of the season in their first home game in the second tier for 11 years after Cox had marked his full Forest debut with a goal in the second half.
But Rhodes held his nerve to score from an injury-time penalty after Jack Hunt had been bundled over by Dan Harding three minutes into the additional period and get the Terriers up and running.
Scotland striker Rhodes missed Huddersfield's first Championship game of the season at Cardiff on Friday night to spark speculation he was set to leave the club, with Blackburn among the clubs linked with a big-money move for the former Ipswich man.
But Rhodes sat out the clash with the Bluebirds due a hamstring injury and Grayson was delighted to see him back in the side at the John Smith's Stadium.
He said: "It's pleasing. We wanted to try and get a point, or three points, as quickly as possible. It was a tough game against a Nottingham Forest side who I think won't be too far away.
"They have got a group of players who have played at the highest level, spent money on a lot of players and they've got aspirations to get in the Premier League, whereas our aspirations are slightly different.
"We kept going right until the end and maybe didn't deserve to get anything out of the game but the other night at Cardiff we certainly deserved to get something and we didn't and that's football for you.
"It showed the desire of the team, the right-back (Hunt) still bombing forward in the 90th minute plus to try and get something for the team, obviously he got the penalty and then 'Mr Cool' stepped up and scored.
"I'm delighted he passed himself fit, there was a lot of speculation on Friday about him not playing but even on Friday, Jordan said he would have played if he was 100% fit but there was no point in risking him.
"He was very positive on Friday and Saturday that he'd be back tonight and I'm delighted he was."
Forest had twice been denied by the crossbar in the first half and they would have been worthy winners but boss Sean O'Driscoll refused to be downbeat and was pleased to see £2million striker Cox get his first goal for the club.
He said: "He's (Cox) a goalscorer, he backs himself to score. He'll be disappointed he didn't have a couple but good strikers keep going and it was a good finish in the end."
The former Doncaster boss added: "We would have settled for the performance before the game so we can't be too disappointed.
"Despite their disappointment everybody has walked off the pitch with the vast majority of supporters thinking they've played well, so we've got to make sure that continues."