Robin van Persie insists he was not concerned after going four games without a goal.

The Dutch international scored his 27th Premier League goal of the season with an audacious penalty against Wolves to end his longest spell of the season without a strike.

But Van Persie admits there was never a real cause for concern while the team continued to pick up positive results.

“Prior to the Wolves game I’d gone four games without a goal, but I didn’t really let it bother me,” he told the Official Matchday Programme. “I could have scored in each of those four games - and when that’s the case it’s not a big problem, because the chances are still coming to you.

“Against Manchester City I could have scored twice, one going off the line and the other hitting the post. Against Villa I had another cleared off the line, I hit the post again against Everton and had a one-on-one well saved against QPR.

“As long as I’m taking my opportunities with confidence and 100 per cent sharpness I accept that it won’t always come off, because that is part of football. We won all of those games apart from one, so it wasn’t as if things went badly for us.”

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16 Apr 2012