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Hard work beats talent

Dom delighted to help earn first league win of the campaign

20 August 2017

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Dominic Samuel was delighted to continue his hot streak in front of goal on Saturday, but paid tribute to his team-mates for the victory over Bradford City.

The 23-year-old striker made it three goals in as many games for his new club with the winner at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Samuel headed home the only goal of the game two minutes after the restart from Craig Conway's pin-point cross.

The result ended Bradford's 31-match unbeaten record at home in the league and earned Tony Mowbray's men their first points of the new campaign.

Samuel admits his confidence is 'sky high' at present, but he isn't prepared to rest on his laurels until the club have achieved their aims.

"It feels great," said Samuel, who has also netted against Coventry and Doncaster following his summer switch from Reading.

"As a striker, you should always want to score goals in every game and do your best for the team.

"It's a team sport, so I'm just glad that the team got the win, because without the team I wouldn't have scored the goal.

"It was a great ball. When you've got players like that, who have got good delivery, you should always feed off them and as a striker you should always want to be in the six-yard box and that's how it was today.

"I got on the end of it and glanced it near post I think.

"Today, the whole team did well and produced an excellent performance for the fans. And what a place to come and win.

"They haven't been beaten here in a while, so for us to come here and beat them on their home turf is just a massive boost for us in the season.

"My confidence is sky high right now. As a striker, you always want to get so many goals.

"Football can quickly turn, so you need to always be on your toes and not rest on what you've done in the past, you always need to keep going and keep going until hopefully we get that promotion."

Samuel admits that he feels a weight has been lifted after Rovers secured their first league success of the season and he hopes it provides a base for the team to build on going forward.

After disappointing defeats to Doncaster and Southend, the striker insists Rovers had to show a different side to their game in order to come away with the points and he is expecting further tough tests ahead.

"It takes the pressure off us a lot, because the first two league games we didn't win and as a club we should be winning lots of games in this league, but hopefully now we can kick on from here," he added.

"League One isn't going to be a pushover. Like today, we had to fight, we had to dig deep and we had to stick together and now hopefully on the back of this we can keep going and take this into the next game.

"Football isn't always pretty. You're not always going to get the ball to feet or in behind, you've got to fight and hard work beats talent.

"Your talent isn't always going to show, so sometimes in some games you're going to just have to fight and battle and put your talent to one side and help the team.

"No team is going to sit off you, they're always going to play well, especially against us, because we're such a big club, so first of all you've got to think about putting in the dirty work and then your talent will come out as the game opens up."

Almost 2,000 Rovers fans made the journey to West Yorkshire and Samuel insists the supporters will have a big role to play this season.

"It's great," added the former England Under-19 international.

"The fans have been excellent, even though we had two poor performances in the league, but they've stuck by us and we're going to need them to keep sticking by us to get out of this league."

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