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Hard work the key for Koita

18 December 2015

Fode Koita hopes to follow up his start on Monday night with an extended run in the team.

The Rovers striker made a surprise return to the starting XI in the goalless draw with Nottingham Forest, putting in a lively display at Ewood Park.

It was the Frenchman first start since September, and he knows that he'll have to continue to work hard in order to secure a regular place in the squad.

"I was very happy to start and I enjoyed it because it is a long time since I played," Koita told Radio Rovers.

"When you aren't in the team you need to keep working and not to be sad. I know I have the quality to be back with the team and to help them, and when the gaffer gives me a chance I will take it.

"I've worked hard in training and now I'm happy to be back on the pitch.

"The gaffer has given me a big opportunity and I need to take it. In football sometimes you don't have many chances to start, so now that he has given me a chance I hope I get to stay in the team. I will work really hard to do that."

The summer signing came close to breaking his goal duck for his new club with a second half header, but whilst Koita didn't score on this occasion, he's confident that the goals will come.

"I really went to get this first goal," he added. "As a striker it is really frustrating when you don't score.

"But I know I need to help the team and when you do that the goals will come. I'm not sad, I'm just working hard and I think it will come soon.

"Every player needs to play to take confidence and as a striker you need confidence.

"I don't need to tell the manager what he needs to do, he knows exactly what is best for team, I just need to be ready all the time to help.

"The Championship is really long and we need everybody, we need to be ready all the time."

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