For many people in all walks of life, 2009 was a year to forget and Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra is certainly one who intends to get more enjoyment from 2010.
The former Sunderland man began the season on fire and enjoyed a rich vein of form for the first six matches of the season, netting eight goals along the way and despite not netting for the following six matches he then fired four goals past Derby County as Cardiff ran out 6-1 winners at the end of September.
Then the nightmare run infront of goal began and after 13 matches spread over three months, the Newcastle-born front man finally found his way back on to the scoresheet when he netted against Bristol City on Tuesday night in the FA Cup.
The goal takes his season tally to eleven, the same figure he hit in the whole of 2008/09 during spells with the Black Cats and later Cardiff and he's hoping that he can now find the target with the same ease he did back in August.
"As a striker, I have a lot of belief in my ability and I know if I get chances I'll score goals," the 26-year-old forward told www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk after the match.
"A lot of people will be saying it's a great goal, but the important thing for me was just to get one. I'm capable of scoring all sorts of goals and there'll be a lot more coming now. My confidence was knocked a little but I was just waiting for the chances to come along. It's just a shame we didn't see the game out.
"When you stop scoring you've got to look at your game. It was disappointing to be on the bench on Saturday. The gaffer started me tonight, and I was desperate to repay him. I think it will spark a run. Once I get one there'll be a lot more coming. I can't wait for the next game at the weekend."
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