Kamara hopes Boro can prosper in rough and tumble of Championship (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Kamara hopes Boro can prosper in rough and tumble of Championship
HE WEARS a gumshield to 'protect his smile' from the rough and tough of the Championship, but Kei Kamara is prepared to put the hard yards in to get his new side to winning ways.
Kamara capped a fine home debut with a goal in Saturday's 3-3 draw against Bournemouth, his second goal in three games so far since moving from Major League Soccer to Middlesbrough.
Boro squandered a 3-2 lead through a Jonathan Woodgate own goal seven minutes from time, but Kamara knows the amount of work being put in by Boro will pay dividends as time goes on.
"It's always good to get the ball in the back of the net. We're not having the luck. Back at home, you'd say the soccer gods are playing against you, to be unlucky like that,” said Kamara, who scored his first goal for the club at Nottingham Forest in midweek.
"All we can do is keep working the same way. We work hard, and for an own goal to happen like that, it's really tough. We had our chances, but it was definitely bad luck.”
A nightmare start to the game saw Brett Pitman score two penalties for the visitors, and Kamara believes his side's tenacity to get back into the game can only be a good thing."
"We were in the locker room saying we must be ready, but we weren't and it woke us up,” said Kamara, a Sierra Leone international.
"The mentality has to be if you can get yourself in front, you have to keep pushing otherwise you'll end up even like we did today.
"But the work-rate is great. We've just got to keep our heads up, and the luck has got to change and come around to us.
"It's a long season and there's a lot of games."
And that mouthpiece? "I've heard a lot about it, that you get hit off the ball and stuff,” said Kamara of the Championship. “Sometimes they (officials) don't see it, so I wear my mouthpiece to protect my smile, because I've gotta keep that."
Meanwhile, the striker hopes that Boro's supporters will come back in numbers, as he feels the team need their '12th man'.
"The fans saw the amount of hard work we put into it,” said Kamara, after 13,617 attended Saturday's draw. “The hard work is there, but at the same time you also need the 12th man getting behind you, and we need them to come out more.
"It would be good to see more people here, because it will happen for us. We're not going to win every game, but we'll win more with more supporters behind us, that's for sure."
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