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HARD WORK KEY FOR BERBA

Posted on 1 October 2007  - 12:00

Dimitar Berbatov believes continued hard graft on the training ground will lead to an increase in his goals tally after being slow off the mark in the scoring charts.

Dimitar Berbatov believes continued hard graft on the training ground will lead to an increase in his goals tally after being slow off the mark in the scoring charts.The Bulgarian, who netted 23 goals in his debut season in English football, has scored just one goal so far this term and revealed that, in goalscoring terms, he is not happy with his form.

"Not at the moment," said the striker. "It is frustrating when you cannot score but as long as the other boys do, that is the important thing," he continued, adding that the fact that defenders know him better now could be a factor, but not one that can't quickly be overcome.

"Maybe that is it, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't still score and I am working hard to improve myself. Last season was really good for me and nobody knew how I played, whereas now everybody knows how I play and it is more difficult for me.

"I'll just keep working harder, keep pushing and pushing to get back among the goals. We stay after training to do extra shooting and the gaffer is working with us.

"If the team is winning though, it is good for me as well. You play your game through in your head and think over what you must do better

"When you lose games it is always depressing, but you must keep your head up and continue to work hard until your next game comes along. Monday will be a difficult game, a special game, and we will be right for it."