First goal was just the start for me, says County striker Shaun Jeffers

OFF THE MARK: Shaun Jeffers, left, celebrates with Kevin Feely at ReadingPicture: Andrew Orchard sports photography

OFF THE MARK: Shaun Jeffers, left, celebrates with Kevin Feely at ReadingPicture: Andrew Orchard sports photography

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NEWPORT County AFC striker Shaun Jeffers has vowed to use his first goal for the club as a springboard to claim a regular starting place.

The 22-year-old, signed from Peterborough United in January as part of the deal that took Conor Washington to London Road, failed to find the net in 14 appearances last season.

But only four of those were starts and Jeffers got off the mark at the first attempt this season with a consolation goal as a substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat at Reading on Tuesday.

Jeffers faces a fight to claim a starting place with competition from Aaron O’Connor, Rene Howe, Chris Zebroski, Christian Jolley, Joe Parker and Danny Crow.

But the former Coventry City youngster is determined to be a regular source of goals for the Exiles.

“I’m delighted to get my first goal for the club,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming but I’ve been working hard, I’ve got a good pre-season under my belt and I feel stronger and more confident.

“You could say it’s a weight off my shoulders but I didn’t even think of it like that; I knew the goals would come.

“I’ve been working hard for the team and I wasn’t getting worried or anxious about it.

“There’s definitely more to come from me and the team. This is just the start and I want to push on from here.

“There is a lot of competition for places up front so you have to take your chances when they come along and hopefully I can prove that I’m good enough to claim a regular place in the team.

“I won’t be banging on the manager’s door,” he added. “I’ll just keep working hard and hope that my ability shines through.”

Jeffers believes that the improved performance against Reading can help County move on from last Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Wycombe as they aim to pick up their first League Two points of the new campaign at Morecambe tomorrow.

“It’s a great inspiration to play at grounds like the Madejski and our fans definitely made themselves heard; they spurred us on,” he said.

“They were louder than the Reading fans for most of the match and it was a good game.

“We played a lot better against stronger opposition so it puts us in a good position going into the weekend.

“Hopefully we can pick up our performances now because we didn’t start very well against Wycombe last week.

“Obviously we weren’t expected to beat Reading so there was no pressure on us but we showed what we can do.

“Morecambe is a tough place to go but we know what we need to do.

“We’ve moved on from the defeat against Wycombe now and hopefully we can take the positives from Reading into this game.”

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11:52am Fri 15 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Well done on your first goal Shaun - let's hope it's the first of many
Well done on your first goal Shaun - let's hope it's the first of many Sing up for the amber boys
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12:26pm Fri 15 Aug 14

sooty001 says...

" A fight for a place with Danny Crow " no brainier there.
Go for it Shaun.
" A fight for a place with Danny Crow " no brainier there. Go for it Shaun. sooty001
  • Score: 6

3:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Rodneyboy says...

Hope you put pressure on the others Shaun.Keep up the hard work
Hope you put pressure on the others Shaun.Keep up the hard work Rodneyboy
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3:36pm Fri 15 Aug 14

larneman says...

Put your mind to it and everything is possible, the other strikers aren't doing so well at the moment due to ball starvation with Percy on your side yu can play regularly (that's Perciverence by the way)
Put your mind to it and everything is possible, the other strikers aren't doing so well at the moment due to ball starvation with Percy on your side yu can play regularly (that's Perciverence by the way) larneman
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

When you see a list of how many strikers we have at the club, it makes it even more puzzling to understand why Danny Crow is still there
When you see a list of how many strikers we have at the club, it makes it even more puzzling to understand why Danny Crow is still there Sing up for the amber boys
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9:33am Sat 16 Aug 14

Roland Thompson-Gunner says...

He's still there because, if I recall correctly, he was reported as having signed a two-year contract ahead of last season. Put yourself in the shoes of any player in this situation. You'd move if and when it suited you.
He's still there because, if I recall correctly, he was reported as having signed a two-year contract ahead of last season. Put yourself in the shoes of any player in this situation. You'd move if and when it suited you. Roland Thompson-Gunner
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