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2 October 2012

Park Life - Ivorian striker Arouna Kone says he is settled at the Club but, wants to help out with more goals

It can be a difficult process the transition from Spanish football to the Barclays Premier League but, it seems so far like 28-year-old Kone has hit the ground running with two goals already and some powerful performances.

The Ivorian international said he is satisfied with his start but wants to provide more for the team.

“I am happy on a personal level because I have settled in well here in the North West and everything off the field is great.

“I’m happy with my two goals but, in my head I wish I had scored more because I want to help the team do as well as I know we can.”

When asked about his chance against Sunderland he added.

“In my head I thought I had definitely scored because I struck the ball well and I had got behind the last defender.

“I don’t know how the goalkeeper managed to get across the goal, he must have just taken a gamble and his reflexes were very good.

“I just saw him coming in at the last second so I just had to get out of the way, I don’t know whether he would have hurt me or not but I knew I had to move.”

With the rotation of the forward players in previous games, Kone has found himself playing alongside different types of players but, insists that he is comfortable in any role.

“In terms of the role I’m playing in the team I am quite happy to play in any kind of position going forward.

“I have played in different roles during my career; at PSV I played mostly on the left side, then at Sevilla it was a system with two players up front and more recently I have played on my own as the main striker at Levante.

“It doesn't matter where I play as long as we are doing well as a team, we are having a period that happens to most teams in football and that will pass as we try even harder to win games.”

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