Grimsby Town striker Ahkeem Rose aims to score more goals, after getting his first of the Sky Bet League Two season against Stevenage.
The 20-year-old made a huge impact as a 66th-minute substitute to score his second ever EFL goal in the 2-1 defeat at Broadhall Way – 11 months after his first against Crawley Town last November.
And Rose is now hoping to stay injury-free and make more contributions to the Mariners’ results this season.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It was a great feeling. It was a tight angle, and I just thought I’d hit it as hard as I can, and it actually went in.
“So it was a great feeling scoring on Saturday and getting off the mark.
“I was buzzing. It’s been a while since I last scored – 11 months actually since I got my first one against Crawley last November, but it was great.
“I was obviously disappointed with the result but it was good to get off the mark.
“Playing and not thinking about any injuries happening to me, and just playing with a free mind, has definitely helped me a lot.
“But going to Stevenage and scoring a goal is a really good thing for me.
“We’re just going to focus more on our games now, and do the basics well.
“We need to stop crosses going in our box, and we’ve been working on that with the gaffer all week so hopefully we can bring that into the game on Saturday.
“I just want to help the team as much as I can, whether that be scoring goals, assisting, and playing well.
“And just helping the team out – the team comes first, no matter what happens.”
And Rose revealed how experienced strikers James Hanson and Matt Green have helped him improve so far this season.
He said: “Over the past 10 months I wouldn’t say I’m a different player, but I play to my strengths more.
“I’m more aggressive, and I like running at people and running in behind – that’s definitely changed.
“It’s great for me because I’ve been learning from Matt Green and James Hanson – they’re older guys who have been there in the EFL.
“They say how I can improve my game, and they encourage me to run and use my pace.
“And I can hold up the ball – I can get the ball to my feet now. I wouldn’t say I was quite good at that last season, but I definitely protect it more this season.”