Duffy aims for improvement
Bristol Rovers striker Darryl Duffy is focused on reclaiming his place in the starting XI.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 14/10/09 3:29pm
Bristol Rovers striker Darryl Duffy is focused on reclaiming his place in the starting XI after a disappointing start to the season for the Scotsman.
The former Hull City forward has failed to find the net in the league this season and also missed a penalty against Huddersfield Town last month.
However, the 25-year-old has told skysports.com that he is confident of playing his way into form if and when he is given the chance to impress.
"It has been hugely frustrating for me not to hit the net this season, but I am renowned for not starting a season well," admitted Duffy.
"I don't think that I have ever got off to a flyer at the start of the campaign, but I did miss a penalty against Huddersfield and that may have been the chance to correct that stat.
"I'm still confident that given the chance I can start banging the goals in though and if I keep working hard then goals will start coming my way."
The arrival of on-loan striker Chris Dickson from Charlton Athletic last month saw Duffy pushed onto the bench, but he realises that it is down to him to win back his place in the side.
"It's a double-edged sword (Dickson's arrival) for me really because I was disappointed when he came in and was thrust straight into the side, which kept me on the bench, but at the same time he has done really well.
"I think that he has got three goals in four games now, which is a great return and it adds for competition for places at the end of the day.
"He has got a great scoring record at the club and if he continues matching that then it looks like I'll have to make do with a place on the bench.
"I just need to continue working hard in training and try to force my way back in."