Belfast Telegraph

Knight sets scoring target

Zat Knight is intent on improving his goalscoring record this season.

The giant defender scored for only the third time in three years when he put the Trotters in front against Manchester United on Sunday. It is a paltry total for someone who stands six foot six inches. And he knows it.

"I should score more often," said the 30-year-old. "It is my downfall really. With my size, I can create problems inside the penalty area."

He added: "I was winding the boys up beforehand, saying I was going to score. But I feel as though I am going to do that every week.

"Hopefully I can start that now. I have set myself a little goal of getting five or six this season. That is my first. Hopefully I will get more."

Knight's main job is at the back, which has been going rather well so far this term despite changing central defensive partners at regular intervals.

Gary Cahill would be the usual partner. But when he was ruled out through suspension following his controversial dismissal at Arsenal, Andy O'Brien stepped in.

But the former Newcastle man has been sidelined by an ankle injury, so Sam Ricketts - normally a full-back - stepped into the breach to try and contain Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney; a job the pair did rather well.

"We felt Berbatov was going to be lively so we tried to put a lot of pressure on him as soon as he got the ball and clamp him down," said Knight. "And although we know Wayne Rooney has not hit the form everyone wants you have to give our defenders credit for keeping it that way.

"He can be on form next week."


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