Andy Waterworth not content with 'bit-part role' at Linfield after seizing chance with goal against Carrick
Andy Waterworth is still Linfield's Mr Reliable.
The 33-year-old has found himself looking on from the bench too often for his liking after the summer signing of Shayne Lavery.
The former Everton striker, however, picked up a hamstring injury in the midweek win League Cup quarter-final win over Cliftonville.
That handed Waterworth his sixth league start of the season and he made the most of it by grabbing the opener.
However, he says he's 'taking nothing for granted' over the team-sheet for next weekend's Champions Cup double-header against Dundalk, for which Lavery is hoping to be available.
"At the moment we're playing with one (number) nine up front," Waterworth explained. "There are a lot of people trying to get that position. When I get my chance, all I can do is try and take it.
"There's lots of competition for place. I've been here a long time and played a lot of games. Maybe I just have to bide my time. It's disappointing. Any striker that tells you they're happy to play a bit-part role is telling lies, I can assure you. At the same time, we've a great squad here and we've got great chemistry. We're all good friends and back each other. When people get their chance, the other players support them.
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"Hopefully I've done enough to give the manager some food for thought for next week. I worked hard and got a goal thanks to a super ball from Niall Quinn."
As pleased as he was to get his ninth goal of the season, it was the second time he had the ball in the net that was front and centre in the striker's mind, especially as he trails Lavery (12) in the club's goal-scoring charts.
Waterworth cushioned home Niall Quinn's cross shortly after half-time only to be beaten by the linesman's flag.
"It was a wee bit harsh - I was disappointed with that," he said. "I felt that the ball went backwards to me so I wasn't offside.
"When you're not playing as much as you would like, you want to take every opportunity you get for goals.
"It was a great ball from Niall Quinn. I'd like to see it back. In my view, it was onside."
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