Robbie Simpson plays the waiting game
PATIENCE is something Coventry City forward Robbie Simpson has in abundance.
Having made only four Championship starts this season, the 23-year-old is desperate to stamp his mark at the club and show that he also has plenty of goals in him to help the Sky Blues kick-start their season.
Currently sitting midway, City's campaign could go either way, but after scoring his first Championship goal in 14 months to help the team to a 2-1 win over bottom club Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night, Simpson hopes he can stay in the side and repay the manager for finally giving him an opportunity to shine.
"I want to take my chance now," said the striker, who is being deployed out of position wide on the right.
"I just want to stay in the team. I always give 110 per cent and, luckily, a lot of things went for me on Tuesday night. Hopefully I can keep that form going and get a few more goals because the midfielders have got to be scoring as well as the strikers and I feel I can provide a goal threat from that side.
"I have had to be very patient, a bit too patient in my eyes because I wanted to get in a lot sooner, but I am in now and it is my job to stay in."
Simpson was signed by Iain Dowie 18 months ago, plucked from non-league Cambridge United for a fee of ÃÂ£40,000 set at a tribunal after he had made a name for himself at the Abbey Stadium with an impressive 17 goals in 28 league games.
Despite making a dream start when he scored five minutes into his competitive debut at the Ricoh Arena in the 3-0 Carling Cup win over Notts County, he only managed one further goal last season, against Blackpool in October.
He scored twice against Aldershot in the Carling Cup at the start of this season but has been limited to being used as a substitute until last month, since when he has become a physical outlet on the wing.
Often hugging the touchline, the 6ft 2in Simpson has been a target for the goalkeepers' kicks, particularly away from the Ricoh Arena.
He explained: "It is an outlet for the defence, especially away from home and I am quite good in the air, especially against the full-backs who don't tend to be as good in the air as the centre halves, so it is good to use when we are under pressure and makes us play football higher up the pitch."
Simpson remains confident that he can cut it in the Championship where he is determined to become a competent goal scorer.
"I feel I can play at this level," he said. "Last year was my first season in the Championship and I feel I got better and better as the season went on and I feel I am improving again now and hopefully I can be a proven goal scorer at this level.
"On Tuesday, I scored my first league goal since Blackpool at home last season.
"The manager threw me in after a couple of games out and I wanted to repay him. It was a great ball over from Dan Fox who had another great night.
"Chris Coleman had a word in the morning and told me I would be starting on the right and he said to just remember how me and Michael Mifsud played against Sheffield Wednesday away [in a 1-0 win on November 22] when we were really disciplined and kept our shape well and we managed to do that the other night."