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Rooney on goal trail

25 August 2013

Adam's faith pays off

Adam Rooney was rewarded for keeping the faith as he broke his scoring duck for Latics in yesterday's 3-1 home win against Port Vale in Sky Bet League 1.

The striker (pictured) scored twice little over 48 hours after giving a candid and refreshingly honest interview about his failure to find the net in the first four matches for his new club.

Rooney revealed there was no need to panic as he was confident the goals would arrive.

Rooney pointed out he reached double figures last season after not opening his account for the campaign until mid-September.

After yesterday's exploits, Rooney said: "I am always confident in my ability to score goals as I have done so wherever I have been.

"People were asking me in midweek when the goals would start, but I was always confident that if I get good service I will get on the end of them.

"It was a great ball in from Monty (Cristian Montano) for the first and it was nice to get a couple of goals, especially in front of the home fans.

"The second one fell to me after a couple of ricochets a couple of yards out and you dream about getting them like that."

Rooney could conceivably have scored more as he had three early chances before giving Latics the lead after quarter of an hour.

He said: "I dragged one shot wide and then Monty put a great ball over the top for me, but their keeper pulled off a great save.

"I felt sharp early on and we managed to keep the pressure on."

Rooney deflected attention from personal glory by praising the team display against the Valiants.

He continued: "The main thing, however, was that we picked up the three points after the performance we put in.

"We deserved to win and it was an excellent performance in which everybody worked hard against a strong, physical team which will cause a lot of teams problems.

"They put a lot of balls into our box, but we stood up to it. They were a much bigger side than ourselves, but we managed to put bodies in their way.

"When we had the ball, we played some great stuff. Monty caused them all sorts of problems and it was important we kept giving him the ball.

"And at the end it was a great finish by Dayton for our third goal and Baxter could have put one in from 30 yards so it was all positives."

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