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Rooney: I can score from anywhere
ADAM Rooney is convinced he is capable of scoring goals regardless of what position manager Kevin MacDonald uses him in between now and the end of the season.
The Irishman was deployed wide on the right as Town went with a five-man midfield for the defeat at Brentford on Tuesday night, having returned to a central striking role in recent weeks as an alternative to James Collins.
Rooney was a regular lone forward while he was with Inverness in Scotland, and has played wide for Town on a number of occasions since joining from Birmingham, and is confident he is capable of finding the net regardless of where his new manager plays him.
“I played as a lone striker while I was at Inverness for two years at the head of it, and I know the formation well but never played out on the wing in it,” he said.
“I’ve played out there quite a bit this year, and I just want to play anywhere as long as I am on the pitch helping the team.
“I filled in there a bit for Chesterfield, but I’m an out and out striker and I need to work on getting back to help the full-back out a bit.
“As a striker you have a natural instinct to get in at the back post, and it’s a matter of helping the team out and I don’t mind where I play.
“I’m always capable of getting goals be it if I’m on the wing or up front, and when I’m on the pitch I have a good goals to minutes ratio.”
Rooney returns to one of his former clubs tomorrow when Town travel to fellow promotion chasers Yeovil, and although the Dubliner didn’t feature much during his loan spell in 2007, he insisted he learnt plenty while with the Glovers.
“Russell Slade was the manager when I was at Yeovil, and I was there for two months and played a couple of games, I had one start and I think that was on the wing,” he said.
“I enjoyed my time there although I was only young, but it was good experience for me even though I only played 90 minutes in total in the whole time I was there.
“There’s a decent atmosphere in the ground and they are going well at the moment, but we just have to focus on what we’re doing.”
The game in Somerset is the latest in a long line of away matches against teams in and around the play-off places, but Rooney insisted Town should have no fear of a daunting run which also includes trips to Sheffield United and Doncaster.
“All season we have done quite well and we haven’t really had a spell where we have lost games or failed to win, although we had a bit of sticky patch back in October,” he said.
“Walsall getting a draw and Brentford was disappointing, but we are well capable of winning the last nine games and we know as a squad we can go out and win every game.
“We have to stick together and then when we get the home games we get the fans behind us and they have been great all season.”