Match-winner Haber happy to get off the mark

Canadian striker spoke to the Comet after scoring his first goal for Boro

MARCUS HABER says he was delighted to get off the mark for Boro on Sunday after bagging the winner in the 2-1 win over Coventry City.

The Canadian moved from SPL side St Johnstone in the summer on a free transfer, and after a handful of fixtures where he was unlucky not to open his account prior to the weekend, he finally did in dramatic style against the Sky Blues to thrust Boro up to third in the table.

“As a forward you always want to score when you come on so I just wanted to bring energy to the match and hopefully change the game. I just got myself in a good spot and thankfully the ball came to me and it wasn’t a difficult finish for me,” Haber told the Comet.

“Three points against anybody away from home is a great achievement. We’ve got a great run going right now so we’re just trying to stay consistent in the league in order to keep it going.”

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Haber has been criticised in the past for not scoring enough goals as a striker, and while the 23-year-old accepts this is a fair judgment, he insists his main focus is on helping the team any way he can – even if that means he doesn’t find the net himself.

“I haven’t scored as many goals as I’d have liked in the last few seasons but I feel at this club I’ve got players around me that can utilise my strengths perhaps a little bit more than in the past,” he said.

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“I know my role to the team and whether I’m scoring goals or not I’m always looking to contribute positively during games.”

When asked to explain how it’s been possible for a young team that has been assembled almost from scratch to reach third in the table after three away wins and two home draws, Haber explained: “It’s been fantastic. We’ve got a good manager and a good young squad. I think it helps that the team is based on new signings so it’s been easier for everyone to gel. We’re just trying to build on that now.

“The one big positive we can take is that I don’t think we’ve played our best football yet but we’re still managing to get points – especially away from home – so the signs are good at the moment.

“We’re just trying to stay consistent and take each game at a time. If we can build on what we’re doing, keep playing good football and racking up points that’s the main thing. Hopefully now we can carry some of our away form back to our place in front of our own fans.”

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