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Rooney backs himself

22 August 2013

Striker confident goals will soon start to flow

Adam Rooney is confident it will not be long before he breaks his scoring duck for Latics.

The striker (pictured), who has found the net at all his previous clubs, believes it is only a matter of time until the goals start to flow.

Rooney, who has drawn a blank in each of his first four competitive matches for Latics, said:"I always have a belief that I will score a lot of goals. I have done so everywhere I have been and I am confident in that respect.

"Last year my season didn't start until the middle of September when I played my first game and I still managed  to get double figures when only starting 13 or 14 games.

"There is no need to panic as it is early in the season. You want to start off well and it would have been great to score two or three on your debut, but that doesn't always happen like that."

Rooney believes the goals will soon flow, not only for him but for the team which has found the net only once in its last three matches.

"We haven't scored a lot of goals as a team in the last few games, but we are creating a lot more chances, even in training. That is something the gaffer has worked on in training and hopefully it will bear fruition on Saturday," he continued.

Rooney is encouraged by the way the new-look team is evolving.

He said: "It is still early days and the lads are still gelling and trying to adapt to one another.

"You can see we are playing some great stuff and there is already a good understanding and it ought to only get better throughout the season."

Rooney is unfazed by the fierce competition for striking spots at Boundary Park where there are six forwards on the books saying it keeps everybody on their toes.

He pointed out when he was at Birmingham City there were six strikers - Marlon King, Nikola Zigic, Cameron Jerome, Peter Loverkrands, Chris Wood and himself.

"No matter where you are, there is going to be competition. It is part and parcel of the game and you have to make sure you work hard for the team, do well and help pick up points," he explained.

Rooney views Saturday's opponents Port Vale as difficult opponents as they will still be on a high after winning promotion last season and having last weekend registered their first victory in Sky Bet League 1.

He believes that if Latics put in the same level of performance as they did last Saturday at Peterborough, they ought to pick up three points.

Rooney said: "The important thing is to keep believing we are a good side and we can get up the league.

"I am sure when we get a couple of goals and a win, we will kick on."

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