Date:Sunday May 6 2007
Blackburn Rovers midfield enforcer Aaron Mokoena again put in a superb performance against Newcastle United on Saturday, once again showing that he is a better footballer than some think.
Mokoena has started all but one of Rovers' last thirteen matches (and even that was only missed through suspension!) and has been an influential player in most of these games, generally going quietly unnoticed. He again put in a fine showing in Rovers' 2-0 win over Newcastle at St James Park on Saturday.
What is the secret to Mokoena's success? He feels quite simply the fact that he is getting an extended run in the side.
He told the official Blackburn Rovers website:
"I can feel that I'm improving each and every game, my confidence is near to where it needs to be and I know I have contributed a lot since I've been in the side.
"I've been patient and when the chance comes you've to grab it with both hands and that is what I have tried to do.
"I feel great, physically I feel great and a feel I can show everyone what I can do."
Since his arrival the Axe has filled a variety of positions all over the field, but has rarely filled any for any great amount of time, but is particularly enjoying his current central midfield role. He added:
"I'm enjoying the role where the manager has put me right now. It took me a bit of time to be converted to midfield from a centre back, it is always difficult but I think I've done well to switch off from a central defensive position and think about being a midfielder, and that is exactly what I'm doing now.
"It is really going great and I'm happy with it."
It is going great I couldn't agree more, so the 26-year-old South African International deserves all the plaudits he gets.
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Date:Sunday May 6 2007
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