Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bellamy in 'I'll Do Better' Vow

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bellamy in 'I'll Do Better' Vow

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Byline: By Luke Edwards and Paul Gilder

Craig Bellamy is determined to put last season's goal- scoring problems behind him to fire Newcastle to trophy glory in the forthcoming campaign.

The Welsh inter- national only found the net 10 times last term and, with Sir Bobby Robson keeping a close eye on Patrick Kluivert, insists he will do much better as he prepares to embark on his third year at an expectant St James's Park.

Barcelona have revealed a clause in Kluivert's contract which will allow him to leave the Nou Camp for just pounds 1.2m, a development which will have been noted with interest by Robson over the weekend.

And although Bellamy remains one of United's most important players, the 23-year-old admits he has got to become more clinical in front of goal if the Magpies are to mount a genuine challenge for honours.

"I'm not going to lie, I should have scored more goals last season," said the pounds 6m striker, who was disappointed with his eventual tally.

"I didn't make the most of the opportunities I had and I know that. But I will score more next season, I'm certain of it. I don't want to make too many excuses for last season but you have to look at the sort of chances I was getting.

"They weren't tap-ins from six yards. A lot of them I was making myself by beating players and causing problems in the penalty area.

"I was running in on goal from 40 yards a lot of the time. When you are a striker, the most important thing is to make sure you get the chances and I was doing that."

Bellamy's ability to unsettle opposition defenders with his pace remains one of the greatest weapons in United's armoury and his partnership with Alan Shearer became feared throughout Europe during last season's memorable Champions League campaign.

But the former Coventry player knows that much of his hard work goes unnoticed and, although he will continue to toil for others, Bellamy is keen to become more ruthless.

"I'm not the sort of player who just hangs around in the area waiting for chances to come my way," said a player who, despite his disappointment, scored some of the club's most important goals last term. …

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