Oxford United striker Deane Smalley optimistic for more goals

Deane Smalley
Smalley signed for the U's during the summer transfer window

Oxford striker Deane Smalley says his first goal for club can be a springboard for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old struck in the 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Aldershot on Tuesday, his first goal for the U's in 12 games.

The summer signing from Oldham said: "I'm off the mark, hopefully I can score week in week out now.

"It's been frustrating for me. Ten, 11 games into the season it's been frustrating not to get off the mark."

He added: "The gaffer's given me a chance to go out and show what I can do. Thankfully I've repaid him with the goal."

The win against the Shots saw the U's record their fourth consecutive away victory of the season. After a goalless first half, West Ham loanee Robbie Hall opened the scoring shortly followed by Smalley's left-footed strike.

"It didn't quite happen for us in the first half. The gaffer gave us a rollicking and it worked for us," Smalley said.

"We came out in the second half, we passed the ball well, we attacked them well, we defended well and we got a couple of goals to go with it. Thankfully we're through to the next round."

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