Now 4 goals in 9 days as resurgent Adam Armstrong helps send Blackburn top of the league
After only one league goal in 10 months, Adam Armstrong is now back in a rich vein of form.
A disappointing loan season at Barnsley saw only six Championship goals and then worse was to follow as the Newcastle striker scored just once after joining Bolton in the summer.
Ending up playing on the left wing and then eventually regularly left out of the team, little wonder Rafa Benitez had no intention of Adam Armstrong staying on there.
Moving to Blackburn Rovers for the rest of this season, joining up once again with Tony Mowbray looks to have done the trick. A manager who knows his game inside out after managing him as an 18 year old at Coventry when scoring 20 goals in his first full season of first team football.
It is still only League One football at the minute but playing in a more central role, Adam Armstrong is once again showing that like all natural goalscorers, he will score at any level if getting into the positions.
Monday night saw all eyes understandably on Wigan beating Manchester City in the FA Cup but whilst that was going on, Newcastle fans Danny Graham and Adam Armstrong were scoring the goals that saw Blackburn beat Bury 2-0 to overtake Wigan and Shrewsbury and go top of League One.
This now makes it four goals for Armstrong in nine days and his confidence is bubbling over once again.
Though he still has time on his side after turning 21 this month, to be standing any chance of making it in the Premier League with Newcastle, he surely has to be proving himself next season in the Championship.
An ideal scenario looks to be if Blackburn and Tony Mowbray can get promotion, then another year with them could do wonders for Adam Armstrong.
“You need to keep your nerve sometimes and we’ve had to do that as well. The lads are very focused and know what’s expected.
“You could feel how disappointed our fans were at half time and the players were frustrated too but we got the job done.
“We know there’s a huge expectation at this club to win every game and you can’t always play champagne football, it’s about getting the job done and tonight we did.
“I think the most important thing is the points. We weren’t at our most fluid, Bury didn’t give us much room and made life really difficult at times.
“We decided at half time to go a bit longer and push bodies forward, we did something similar against Oldham and ultimately got the job done.
“I was a bit frustrated we weren’t as fluid as we can be, but we got the win and a clean sheet – I’m delighted for the defenders and the goalkeeper.”
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