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Hard work the key for Koita

18 December 2015

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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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