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Ince keen to get best from McCarthy

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Blackburn manager Paul Ince is looking forward to the return of a fully fit and firing Benni McCarthy after the South Africa striker came off the bench to score a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough.

McCarthy, a 65th-minute replacement for the ineffectual Matt Derbyshire, headed home Brett Emerton's right-wing corner in the third minute of injury time.

Rovers boss Ince said: "Benni is a great goalscorer and I'm delighted for him, I've always said a fit and hungry Benni McCarthy will always be in my side and he's getting there now."

He added: "He looks sharper after going away and having a couple of games with South Africa and he's a fantastic guy; he's always smiling and he does try hard.

"I have always said if he gets himself right, which he is starting to do now, he will be a great addition to the squad."

It was his first club goal since February 24 and his first in open play since a Carling Cup fourth round tie at Portsmouth on October 31.

He salvaged a point for Rovers in a match they dominated but found themselves behind in when Afonso Alves struck in the 74th minute.

McCarthy has had a niggling groin problem and been criticised for returning after the summer overweight, which restricted him to just four substitute appearances prior to his appearance on Saturday.

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Brett Emerton
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