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Relieved to get off the Marc!

Antonsson delighted to open his Rovers account at Rochdale

10 September 2017

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Marcus Antonsson admitted it was a big relief to open his account for the club with Rovers' second goal in the 3-0 win at Rochdale.

The Swedish striker prodded home from close range 12 minutes into the second half, just moments after being denied by the Dale keeper.

Tony Mowbray's side were roared on by over 3,000 raucous Rovers fans at Spotland and the 26-year-old was delighted to score and celebrate in front of the terrific travelling support.

"It feels amazing," said Antonsson, who is on a season-long loan from Leeds United.

"I really needed that to be fair. It was a big relief to slide on my knees in front of the fans!

"It was important for me.

"It was probably the perfect place to get my first goal. The fans were incredible, they really helped us and this is what you want as a footballer.

"Scoring goals and winning games, in front of the travelling fans, it's amazing."

Antonsson believes the goal will provide him with a big confidence boost and will help to take his game onto the next level.

"I haven't been happy with my performances," he added.

"I've been looking for my confidence in the games and in training.

"It was a while ago that I last played any competitive games. Now I have done that, but I feel as though I have so much more to give.

"Straight away, I really felt that this goal is going to help me because it was a big relief to score.

"For me, confidence is not just something that helps in the box. If I score the goals, I'm going to be better and make the right decisions for the team on the whole pitch as well.

"So I think this goal will be helpful for me."

Mowbray's men have now won three league games on the spin and Antonsson insists hard work has been the key to Rovers' success.

"The confidence throughout the whole team is growing with every win," he added. "We have three on the bounce now and I think we're getting stronger and stronger.

"It's important that we continue to put in this hard work on the pitch. We need to do that in every game in this league.

"It's a hard league and every game has its own challenges, but it's good to be a Blackburn Rovers player right now.

"We have a really good squad and when we produce this kind of performance and still think that we could have won by more, that's a good feeling.

"To score three goals, to get a clean sheet and still feel that you have more in you, that's a good feeling, but as I said, it all starts with hard work and that's what we need to put in every week."

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