I'm Hungry for More Goals to Fire City Play-Off Challenge

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Byline: By STEVE TUCKER Western Mail

He may have scored a contender for goal of the season against Stoke, but Cardiff City midfielder Kevin Cooper reckons he should be getting on the scoresheet more often. Cooper's 25-yard beauty on Saturday set the Bluebirds on their way to a 3-0 home win that keeps them in play-off contention. They are now five points off Crystal Palace in that final play-off place and know at the least they must avoid defeat at Luton Town tonight to keep the heat on the teams above them.

And Cooper, who has just two goals so far this season since his move to Ninian Park from Wolves in the summer, would like nothing better than to add to his tally tonight.

'It was a special goal on Saturday, I've scored a few in my time, and I know I'm more than capable of getting one,' said Cooper yesterday.

'It's an area personally I think I've let myself down this season. I do pop up with goals, but unfortunately this year it's not really happened. It's an area I need to improve on.

'I've not been getting into goal-scoring positions either, which is disappointing.

'When the opportunity came on Saturday, I thought I'd hit it. There wasn't really anything else on, the angle wasn't right for a cross and I was absolutely delighted to see it go in the top corner.

'It was a massive game against Stoke. We were disappointed with the Crystal Palace game and a gap had opened up, so it was massively important we took the three points. We knew that nothing less than that was going to be good enough.

'We said at the start of this week that we had three massive games, we never try to look too far ahead, but we knew these were three games we were capable of taking maximum points from.

'We've got that first one and I think we played comfortably. We started slightly sloppy, but once we got going we were always in total control.

'The way we went about our work was a credit to everybody, now we've got to go and repeat that at Luton.

'All we can do is hope the teams above us drop points, they will be looking over their shoulder for Cardiff's result.

'But it makes no difference if we don't take maximum points ourselves.' Tonight's game at Kenilworth Road should see Bluebirds' playmaker Jason Koumas return to the side after serving a one-match ban. Ironically, it could put Cooper's place in the side under threat despite a performance against Stoke which rivalled two-goal Neil Cox for man of the match. …