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LuaLua: There's More to Come

8 October 2012

Kazenga LuaLua admits the fans have not seen the best of him in an Albion shirt this season...

Kazenga LuaLua admits the fans have not seen the best of him in an Albion shirt this season.

Now injury-free, the livewire winger made only his second league start of the season against Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, but concedes it wasn't his best performance in an Albion shirt.

He is hoping to retain his place against Derby County today and show the kind of form which has made him a fans' favourite at the Amex.

He told, "It was nice to be back in the starting line-up the other night but it was not the sort of performance I expect from myself.

"It was a difficult game for me because Carlos Edwards is a good right back, he used to play for Sunderland and I have faced him before in reserve games. I knew it was going to be a tough night for me, and so it proved.

"I expect myself to do better, even when I come off the bench I expect good performances, and I knew in myself I had not done well on Tuesday, so I know I can improve."

Whether the DR Congo midfielder does get the nod at Pride Park remains to be seen but he is under no illusions how tough it is breaking into the Albion midfield this season.

"We have a big squad now, which is also stronger, and even though Craig Noone has gone I know it will still be hard to get into the team, especially as Bucca (Will Buckley) is doing well at the moment.

"(Andrea) Orlandi has also come in and done really well so there is a lot of competition for places but when you get an opportunity you just have to take it."

His appearance against Ipswich came just days after a trip to Germany with club doctor Helge Riepenhof, where he had a plate removed in the ankle he broke in November 2010 at Hartlepool United.

He was still suffering some effects of the injury at the beginning of this season, but hopes the recent procedure will bring an end to his trips to the treatment table.

"The plate was bothering me a lot so I had to get it removed. It has gone now and my ankle feels fine, so now I can move on."

Whether we see a return to the famous backflips when Kaz scores a goal remains to be seen, but he is keen to get back on the scoresheet sooner rather than later - his last goal for the club coming against Liverpool at Anfield in last season's FA Cup fifth round tie.

"I am desperate to score goals because it has been a while but it will come, I just have to keep working hard. I know for definite I will get on the scoresheet soon, whether it is a tap-in or a wonder goal I don't mind."

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