Rouge: Not Being In The Team Is Hard

Last updated : 03 October 2002 By Rob Cooper

Rougier battles for the ball
Rougier battles for the ball
Rougier, who scored only his fourth goal in 85 appearance for Reading last weekend, believes that those in the reserve just have to bide their time until they get a chance in the first-team.

After a slow start to the campaign, in which Rouge didn't feature until the third match of the campaign, he has started the last three games in a row.

"I've sat on the bench for ages. For the first few games of the season I never came on," admitted Rougier, speaking to

The former Trinidad & Tobago internatiuonal continued: "I wasn't despondant and I was encouraging every player, both on and off the field. I was even getting the drinks for them.

"It's all about encouraging and being a blessing, not a curse to my team-mates."

Rougier had some words of sympathy for the likes of Martin Butler and Alex Smioth who have found themselves sitting in the reserves in recent weeks.

"It's very hard at the moment for those who are not playing. There are some good players like Alex Smith and Martin Butler, but it's important that the team stays together and remains focused because there is always a chance of being in the team.

"At the end of the day, if we all do well, the team do well. So we've just got to encourage each other. But it is important that we have got a good team spirit and do what's best for the club."