McCarthy desperate to feature

20 October 2008 01:36
Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy is desperate to force his way back into the starting eleven at Ewood Park, having struggled for form and fitness in recent times. The 30-year-old has not started a game for Rovers since March and has made just four appearances as a substitute for Paul Ince's side this season, with the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts, Matt Derbyshire and even Robbie Fowler ahead of him in the pecking order. McCarthy told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "It's like a never-ending story for me, but it's good for the manager. With so many wanting the chance, it makes it almost impossible to pick a team. "I'm just taking my time and any opportunity that springs my way, I'll try to take full advantage. "I know I've still got the knack, it's being given the opportunity. When you don't play, then you doubt yourself. "It's been annoying with the injuries. You think 'oh, maybe now I'm going to get my chance', then there's a niggle or an injury. It goes from an irritation to two weeks out then four weeks, then it's an international break. "The most important thing is just getting off the mark. Once that first one goes in, then the confidence comes back."

Source: ESA