Hughes - Pedersen will find form

Sparky backs Norway star to hit top form again

Pedersen: Dip in form

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Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is backing Morten Gamst Pedersen to find form again, but says he must step out of the shadow of David Bentley.

Pedersen has reportedly attracted attention from Liverpool in the past, but the left-winger's form has suffered this season and he has struggled to make an impact, scoring just two goals so far.

And while Hughes believes he will be back at his best before long, he admits that Bentley's increasing influence has 'shifted the focus' away from the Norwegian.

"Morten's had a bit of a spell where he has been disappointed with his form, but that can happen to a lot of players," he said.

"But perhaps the emergence of David Bentley this season has shifted the focus of our play away from Morten and moved it more to the right-hand side of the team.

"Morten is maybe suffering from that as a consequence, but I've seen enough from him in training and during games to tell me that he is doing his best to make an impact.

"Morten, though, has always been able to play himself back into form.

"He has a lot of attributes to his game that maybe haven't quite been firing lately. The team needs to be playing well as a whole to allow individuals to perform, but good players like Morten always come back."