Jason Koumas keen to make late Cardiff City impact
Jason Koumas hopes his two goals that fired Cardiff to a last-gasp win at Doncaster Rovers can herald the start of his impact in the promotion race.
The former Wales midfielder scored a stunning 25-yard last-minute free-kick to give Cardiff victory after Doncaster had looked to have rescued a draw.
Koumas, who has suffered an injury-hit season, then scored an added-time second to secure Cardiff a 3-1 win.
"It was a big win and I was nice to be involved," Koumas told BBC sport.
The 31-year-old, who scored 13 goals in a superb Player of the Year winning season in 2005/06 at Cardiff, scored his first goals since the opening day of last season at The Keepmoat Stadium to conjure up an unlikely Bluebirds win.
Koumas has suffered groin, hamstring and hip injuries in a stuttering season on loan from Premier side League Wigan Athletic.
But the mercurial midfielder delivered when Cardiff needed a goal hero most at Doncaster as the promotion-chasing Welsh club closed the gap on Norwich City, in the second automatic promotion place, to just one point.
Dave Jones' men have followed-up a four-match win-less run by securing successive triumphs, breathing new lift into their hopes of securing automatic promotion to the Premier League.
"It was a big win for us," said Koumas, back after two months out.
"We needed that bad. I've been struggling with injuries all season and it has been tough but the manager has stuck by me.
"If I am fit I can do a job and I hope I can have a run in the final six games and have the impact that I came to Cardiff for.
"I've been working hard for the last four months trying to get 100 percent but little injuries have kept knocking me back.
"So it was nice to have an impact and to score a goal.
"This season has been so frustrating for me and I've been getting down about it. But hopefully I am over those little injuries that have been setting me back."
Koumas had to persuade fellow dead-ball specialists Peter Whittingham and captain Craig Bellamy to allow him to take the late free-kick as the Championship clash was deadlocked at 1-1.
But he said: "I fancied that free-kick so bad so luckily enough it went in."
Bluebirds boss Jones praised Koumas' ability and tenacity as the playmaker, who is a firm fans' favourite with the Bluebirds faithful, reignited Cardiff's promotion push.
"There isn't one player in that dressing room who isn't pleased for him," said Jones.
"And you heard the crowd's reaction - that and the goal won't do him any harm."