Roberts ‘relaxed’ about future

Roberts struck what turned out to be a decisive blow at Ewood Park

on Saturday as Rovers beat his former club 2-1. The striker’s

involvement has been limited during the early part of the season

after falling out of favour with manager Sam Allardyce, while he

has also had injury problems. But he believes he has shown

throughout his career that he can always be relied upon to provide

a goal threat. “I am totally relaxed. My record in every league

shows I can score goals so I am totally relaxed about it,” he told

the Lancashire Telegraph. “It is no surprise if I come in and score

goals, it is not a big deal, it is what you do. You miss some, you

score some but you keep going. “My record suggests I will score

goals if I play so I am comfortable, will train hard, keep doing

what I have done all my career, which got me here, and whatever

happens, happens. “I will endeavour to keep getting in the team and

if selected I will do the best I can. That is what I have always

done, whether I have played good, bad or indifferent.” Roberts’

long-term future remains unclear, with Allardyce admitting over the

weekend that he was surprised the 32-year-old did not leave during

the summer. His situation will be reassessed when the transfer

window reopens in the New Year and Roberts is not sure what to

expect. He explained: “For me I will keep trying to get in the team

and come January, like me and the manager have said, we will look

at it again. “What I have done in the past shows what I can do. I

have got goals at all levels, I have got no problem. If someone

wants to do something about it they will, if they don’t they

don’t.” While Roberts’ own spirits have been lifted by the goal, he

admits it was also important for Rovers to pick up three points and

start climbing the table. “It was a big game for us. We didn’t play

very well and yet we have played really well and lost games,” he

said. “That was the other side of the fence and I am happy with

that. It is always good to be playing and scoring goals and part of

a winning team and that is what happened. “The dressing room is

buzzing and hopefully it is a turnaround in our season. It is good

to be part of that. “It is great paying football. It is great to be

out there, running about, scoring goals with your team mates and

working hard for each other and most importantly winning.”