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Rochina: I’ll back my ability to hit the net
RUBEN Rochina insists he has full faith in his own ability after rescuing Blackburn Rovers a point on Saturday with a stunning back heel.
Rovers’ Spaniard has yet to make a league start this campaign but gave boss Steve Kean a reminder of his talents with his late leveller to drag a rampant Leeds level.
Rochina has largely been a forgotten man at Ewood Park for almost a year, being restricted to cameo appearances here and there, but his inactivity has not dented any of his confidence.
The former Barcelona man played a key role in Rovers winner against Leicester a week ago from the bench before proving the hero on Saturday.
Rochina said: “I always try. I believe in me, you must shoot to score and when I have the opportunity, I do. Some times it is wide, sometimes it is a goal. I try always.
“In the moment you can’t think too much. I am really happy for the finish but most important is for the team to get the point.
“I don’t think I have scored like that before, I can’t remember one. It is normal, people were surprised, it is a good thing to finish.
“It was good.”
While Rochina was understandably delighted with his contribution, Leeds boss Neil Warnock was left feeling aggrieved at the manner of the equaliser.
Rovers boss Steve Kean insists two of Leeds’ goals should have been disallowed for fouls on his players and Warnock believes the same of Rochina’s leveller.
He said: “It was a cracking end to the game. That is why I am in the game for days like that. Everyone gave everything, what a good avert for the Championship.
“Shankly once said referees know the rules and the laws they just don’t know the game. When you watch the free kick and the way Pedersen arched his back to foul Tom Lees and see the referee give a free kick to Pedersen, I just don’t know.
“I have asked the assessor how are they educated on this because Pedersen did it all afternoon.
“Good luck to him. He was laughing at me in the dug out and he is not bad for an old man is he?
“The referee should be aware when someone deliberately fouls at such a crucial time. It is so disappointing to get done by a decision like that.”
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