By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jonathan Stead is frustrated at being dropped by Blackburn boss Mark Hughes.Blackburn Rovers striker Jonathan Stead admits he is frustrated at being dropped by manager Mark Hughes.
The former Huddersfield Town hit-man has primarily been employed as a substitute since former Wales coach Hughes took over at Ewood Park.
The England Under-21 international was shunted out of the starting line-up after failing to find the net for Rovers this season.
His plight this term is a stark contrast to the immediate success he achieved when he joined Blackburn from The Terriers during last January's transfer window.
The young forward is desperate to prove to Hughes that he can still deliver the goods, as the club prepare for another fight against relegation.
With fellow front man Jay Bothroyd to start a three-game suspension, Stead is anxious to seize his chance to turn both his, and the club's, season around.
"It has been frustrating being on the bench," lamented Stead.
"I didn't feel I needed it and I want to be playing as often as I can.
"But at the end of the day, I have not been scoring goals and that was the manager's decision.
"I should have three games to get a chance to score some goals now that Jay has been suspended, though, so as soon as I get a goal, I will be fine.
"I know I can do it."