Pedersen pays tribute to Hughes
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Morten Gamst Pedersen has paid tribute to Mark Hughes for sticking by him.
Morten Gamst Pedersen has paid tribute to Blackburn manager Mark Hughes for sticking by him following a poor start to the season.
Pedersen won the plaudits for Rovers' impressive performance at Manchester City - a first-half header and a fine free-kick set his team on their way to a 3-0 win.
Pedersen struggled to find any form for much of 2006 but is now arguably playing the best football of his career.
"It was tough at the start of the season. I had broken some ribs and had an ankle problem and I seemed to be taking one step forward and two back," said Pedersen.
"I was working hard and the manager stuck with me which gave me a lot of confidence.
"Now I believe I am paying him back for that and I want to continue with this form.
"I stay behind and practise my free-kicks all the time to get the right technique.
"That gives me the confidence to have a go when I'm on the pitch."
Hughes is delighted by the form of his Norwegian charge.
"Earlier in the season Morten was not playing anywhere near his best but in the last month he has very much reached that level of last season, maybe even surpassing it," said Hughes.
"More often than not when we are playing well and scoring Morten is involved."
Meanwhile, Rovers' stand-in captain against City, Robbie Savage, has championed the England claims of David Bentley.
"For me David should be in the England squad," said Savage. "There are other players in that squad who can't even get in their own team."