Hughes hails Santa Cruz

17 August 2007 08:07
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes was full of praise for striker Roque Santa Cruz after he scored his second goal in two games since moving to England from Bayern Munich. The 26-year-old Paraguay international netted the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over My-Pa 47 in the first leg of the UEFA Cup second qualifying round tie, having also scored against Middlesbrough at the weekend. Hughes said after the latest win: "Roque's scoring record in Germany was an issue for some people, but not me. "He is a matchwinner and will score a lot of goals for us, of that I am sure. "It was an excellent finish so early in the game. He showed his quality and getting a full game will help him. "We are encouraged by Roque so early in his career here and he can only get better. "To be honest I am surprised by how quickly he seems to have adapted. You have to complement him on the way he trains and plays. "We have won the game and not conceded, so we are in good shape for the second leg. "We had 12 shots on goal, which tells its own story and perhaps we should have won by a bigger margin."

Source: ESA