Muamba targets goal rush

Trotters midfielder hoping to offer more of a threat

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Fabrice Muamba is determined to become a regular source of goals for Bolton and nail down a starting role.

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The midfielder has been a regular for the Trotters under Owen Coyle, but was dropped to the bench for the first time on Sunday for a local derby with Blackburn.

He took that snub on the chin, though, and joined the action following Mark Davies' dismissal to break his scoring duck for the season.

Muamba hopes that effort, which helped Bolton to a 2-1 win, will be 'the first of many' as he continues to work on becoming more of a threat in the final third.

"I have been working really hard on my finishing," he told The Bolton News.

"A player of my size should get more goals, I know that.

"It's something I've really wanted to put into my game this year. I've worked on it every day in training, so hopefully this will be the first of many."

Unfortunate

Having caught Coyle's eye again over the weekend, Muamba hopes he can take advantage of Davies' misfortune and become a first-team mainstay once more.

"I had to keep my head down, be professional about it, go back into training and try and do something about it," he said on being dropped against Rovers.

"Obviously, there's now a set of unfortunate circumstances where you don't want to see your fellow pros get sent off, but it's happened on this occasion, so hopefully I can claim my place in the team back.

"I tried not to bleat about it. I just wanted to keep my mouth shut and just work hard like I usually do. Hopefully that will pay off."