Marshall vows to make his mark at Blackburn Rovers
BLACKBURN Rovers new boy Ben Marshall has told the Ewood fans: ‘You’ve not seen the best of me yet’.
And the winger admits there is no better place to announce his arrival by firing Rovers to victory over his former club Leicester tonight (7.45pm).
Marshall, left, struggled to make an impact in Saturday’s East Lancashire derby after enjoying a promising debut in the win over Bolton.
“I don’t think I’ve done as well as I want to, I’m still getting match fit and getting my confidence back,” said Marshall, who hadn’t featured for the Foxes this season before his £1m move to Rovers.
“But that will all click. I’ve just got to be patient and hopefully I can get back to where I was.
“Obviously there’s more motivation as it’s my old club but I’ve just got to treat it like any other game.
“It’ll be good to go back there and see the lads but the main thing is getting the three points.”
Marshall has identified his good friend, David Nugent, as the man Rovers have to shackle at the King Power Stadium tonight if they are to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.
But the Mancunian reckons Leicester will have a tougher time containing Jordan Rhodes.
Red-hot Rhodes has five goals in his last three games and Marshall has seen enough of the Scotland international to state he is the best striker he has played with or against.
“He’s up at the top of the list for me,” said the 21-year-old.
“I’ve played against him (for Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield) and he scored four in one game.
“He’s just on a different level to most other players. I can see why he’s got a big price tag on his head and other clubs want him.”
Marshall’s first year at Leicester was illuminated with spectacular strikes against Ipswich, Hull and – in the FA Cup – Chelsea.
Such was his impressive form following his January 2012 transfer deadline day switch from Stoke, the set-piece specialist won an England Under-21 call-up.
But he fell down the pecking order at Leicester and jumped at the chance to pen a four-year deal with Rovers last month.
Marshall said: “I’ve got nothing to prove to Leicester. All I’m concentrating on is getting back to the way I was, scoring goals and playing and doing well for Blackburn.”
“Leicester is a hard place to go. When I was there we very rarely got beat there but I think the squad we’ve got here and looking at their squad, whichever team performs on the night will win.”
Meanwhile, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson will not give special attention to Marshall tonight.
He said: “There is no doubting Ben’s ability and I don’t think that has ever been in question.
“We have to make sure first and foremost we deal with him like we would any other threat from the opposition.
“We know what he is capable of but there is no sort of added extra in that respect.”
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