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."