Sidibe - I must improve

17 March 2009 09:24
Mamady Sidibe has criticised his own performances since he returned from a two-and-a-half month lay-off due to a knee injury.[LNB] The 29-year-old has started all four of the club's games since he recovered from injury but has twice found himself substituted early in the second half for fellow striker Ricardo Fuller.[LNB]The Mali international has kept Fuller, who has recently recovered from a shoulder injury himself, out of the side as manager Tony Pulis has pitted Sidibe alongside new boy James Beattie up front.[LNB]Despite the fact that he has netted just three times in 21 Premier League appearances, Sidibe appears to be a key man for the Potters, with the club winning only one game without him in the league this season.[LNB]"Playing with James Beattie is a new thing for me. I have got used to it because we play in the same way and so we have to find a way to play," he told The Sentinel.[LNB]"It takes time, but there are only nine games left so we have to find a way very quickly.[LNB]Working hard"I also have to keep working hard to get back to my level. In the second half against Aston Villa I thought I did all right, but apart from that I think I am far away from what I was before."[LNB]Although acknowledging that his partnership with Beattie can improve he admits that he has been impressed with the 31-year-old.[LNB]"It is not easy to come to a new club and settle as quickly as he has. He's scored five goals in eight games and proved he is a goalscorer," he added.[LNB]"He can smell the chances, he is really important for us and has scored important goals."[LNB]One striker who failed to settle into life at the Britannia Stadium was Dave Kitson, who after signing for £5million from Reading in the summer has returned to the Royals on loan without finding the net for the Potters.[LNB]"I am disappointed for Dave because I think he's a really good player. But when you're a striker it is not just about playing well you also need luck in front of goal.[LNB]"He was unlucky and is also not used to the way we play. Not everyone can get used to that.[LNB]"But he's gone and I hope everything goes well for him."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports