Midfield chance thrills Olsson
Blackburn's Martin Olsson is delighted to have earned a chance in the side despite being played out of position.
Last Updated: 18/01/10 12:18pm
Blackburn full-back Martin Olsson is delighted to have earned a chance in the side despite being played out of position.
The Swede, who normally operates at left-back, was deployed further up field on the left wing in Rovers' 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
The 21-year-old has had his first-team chances limited since his move to Ewood Park in 2007 but revealed his efforts in training have helped him play his way back into the side.
Asked whether he was willing to continue playing on the left of midfield, the Sweden Under-21 international told Fotbollskanalen: "Absolutely, I like it at that position."
Olsson admits boss Sam Allardyce's new-found faith in him has given his confidence a boost and he hopes to build on his impressive showing.
"He told me that it would be hard to leave me out of the team considering the form I am in. Of course that makes the confidence grow.
"It was fun and it went well for the team and myself. We hadn't won in nine games, but got three points. I am satisfied."
With Allardyce being blessed with an array of talent on the left of midfield, Olsson admits he has strong competition to keep his place in that role.
Asked who he identified as his main rivals for the role, he said: "It's Morten Gamst Pedersen, the Norwegian. And El-Hadji Diouf.
"They both have a lot of routine but the manager wanted to test me and my speed to move things around a little.
"The reason is probably that we have lost so many games."