SEAN Rigg is attempting to avoid thinking about failing to score so far this season as he hopes to break his duck for Oxford United at Burton Albion tomorrow.
The winger has not scored since netting against the U’s for Port Vale on the final day of last season.
It was his tenth goal of the campaign and the 24-year-old’s goalscoring record was a key reason United boss Chris Wilder signed him this summer.
Rigg, who had four goals for Vale by this time last season, is desperate to open his account, but thinks the key is not putting pressure on himself.
“I think you’ve just got to try and keep it off your mind, really,” he said.
“You have to keep doing what you’re doing and try to play as well as you can.
“It will come eventually, it’s just being patient and waiting for that first goal – once it comes I’m sure they’ll start flowing.
“I’ve come close, hit the woodwork a couple of times and the keepers have made some good saves.
“That’s the way it happens sometimes, but if you have patience it will pay off – Saturday’s the day hopefully.”
Aside from the absence of goals, Rigg is pleased with the start he has made since joining the U’s.
No one has contributed more assists to the side so far and the former Bristol Rovers trainee has given a natural left-footed balance to Alfie Potter on the other flank.
He said: “I’m enjoying it here, the lads are great and it’s a good start to hopefully a long career here.”
Rigg has started all United’s npower League Two games this season and will be part of the team attempting to bounce back to form with victory at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow.
The fast start to the campaign has been dented by back-to-back league defeats against York and Exeter.
The club have not lost three successive league games for almost a year, but Rigg insists the optimism generated last month still exists and there is no reason to panic.
He said: “You’re going to lose games, unfortunately it happened at York when I think we were a bit unlucky.
“Losses will come here and there, but you just have to keep your head up.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in the boys here and I’m sure we’ll get a result at Burton.”