Striker Jamille Matt is hoping his first goal of the season will help earn him the game-time he needs to make his mark at Fleetwood Town.
Substitute Matt scored the second for Graham Alexander’s men as they battled back from 3-0 down against Burton Albion at Highbury on Saturday.
His close-range finish from Antoni Sarcevic’s cross gave Town an outside chance of taking a point from the clash but time ran out for Fleetwood as the Brewers took the spoils 3-2.
But Matt, a record signing from Kidderminster last term, was glad to get on the pitch and make his mark.
He said:”I was happy to get the goal. It was such a shame that we didn’t get anything out of the game.
“The second half was great from the lads. We needed to get back in the game and almost managed it at the end.”
And Matt is hoping to earn more chances on the back of his efforts.
He said: “What I need at the minute is a bit of game-time.
“I’m probably feeling the fittest I have in my whole career and I just need that game-time. If I get it, I will be able to show what I can do.
“I want to come here and show I can score goals at this level, just like I did for my previous club.”
David Ball’s blistering start to the campaign - three goals in four starts - has made it difficult for Matt to make his mark.
But the 22-year-old knows it’s a team game, despite itching for more of the action
“Last week I was ready to go and knock on the gaffer’s door,” he admitted.
“Then David Ball goes and scores two at Plymouth, two great goals as well.
“That made it a little more difficult. When he’s playing so well you wonder if your chance is going to come.
“I’m happy to back Bally up. It’s all about working as a team.
“I’m always happy if he’s scoring, and I think he’ll be happy if I can chip in too.
“It’s a team game and we’ve all got to contribute over the season.
“Big Parky (Jon Parkin) is back as well and I’m sure he’ll do his bit as well. It’s all about working together.”
Matt wasn’t part of the dressing room discussions at half-time on Saturday, but knows his team-mates were given a wake-up call by Alexander.
He said: “I can imagine he said we’d let ourselves down in relation to the standards we’ve set in recent weeks. They had to go out and put that right.”
It was Matt’s introduction, along with that of Gareth Evans, which swung the game.
Matt insisted the pressure and weight of expectation from the Highbury crowd was on the pair.
He said: “Warming up we were told it was a big task for us to go on there and change the game, but we did our best.
“Both Gareth and I made a contribution and we’ve got to be happy with that.
“We knew we had the quality to get back into it.There’s a lot of quality in this side.
“We fought and fought to get back in, and probably just ran out of time at the end.”