Diouf Blames Himself For Bad Run

Last updated : 02 January 2005 By Mark Heys
Yesterday's goal hero El-Hadji Diouf has suggested that his recent suspension is to blame for the club's poor run of results through the winter period.

Diouf scored his third goal for the Trotters against West Bromwich Albion and this was to end a run of six games without a win, something which the Senegal ace feels he is to blame for following the spitting incident with Portsmouth defender Arjan De Zeeuw at the end of November.

"Before my suspension the team were playing well, Then I get banned for three games and they lose them all. It is my fault. I am sick for Sam as he gives me a lot of confidence. I am also sick for the rest of the staff and the supporters."

The 23-year old now wants to focus on his football again and says that he wants to put the incident behind him and concentrate on helping the Bolton team climb back up the table.

"I am trying to forget. It is no good for me, for my club and for my family. What I want to do is focus on football and how I can help the team."

As for the future, the African ace has spoke of his desire to remain at the Reebok Stadium once his loan contract expires. Friendliness and lack of pressure are factors which have drawn Diouf towards forming a successful relationship with his collegues at Bolton.

"This is a nice club. I don't have pressure here. I just enjoy playing football and scoring goals.I am playing alongside people like Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Ivan Campo and Kevin Nolan. They are a friendly team.