All strikers like to get among the goals as early in the season as they can and Exeter City striker John O’Flynn is no exception.
Despite starting the games against Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town, goals had eluded the Irishman, but he responded with both goals in the Grecians 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The former Cork and Barnet striker admitted it was nice to get off the mark, although he was disappointed not to have notched more with most of City’s chances falling his way.
“Yes, definitely. it’s good to get off the mark and at home as well and in front of a good crowd,” O’Flynn said.
“It was a great result for us and another clean sheet, so the lads at the back are happy and us lads up front are happy as well.
“I got a bit of a knock in the first half and was a bit stiff in the changing room at half-time. I thought I had run it off, but then my number came up and I had to go off, so obviously I was gutted because I wanted to stay on.
“I could have had four and wanted to get as many as I could, but I was glad to get two off the back of a good first half performance. Hopefully we can kick on from here.”
O’Flynn opened the scoring on 11 minutes with a low shot that took a slight deflection before whistling inside the far post. His second came ten minutes before half-time when he finished off a brilliant counter-attack led by David Wheeler’s super burst down the right wing.
With last season’s top goalscorer, Jamie Cureton, gone, the chance is there for O’Flynn to be a regular for City this season, but he does not feel any added pressure to score goals with Cureton gone.
“I always think that if you start, then the goals will come really,” he said. “Obviously it’s nice to get off the mark early in the season and at home in front of the Big Bank. Now I want to try and get as many as I can for the season.
“Maybe there is more responsibility for me because Jamie has gone now, but I had the responsibility last season when he was here to score goals and the season before.
“As a forward, you want to score as many goals as you can, I have always felt that responsibility. That is what the club pay me for, that is what I am here to do, so it is good to get off on the mark.”
On his goals, O’Flynn added: “I was going for the corner for the first one. I got the ball out from under my feet and just smacked it. It took a little deflection, but it was still going in the corner.
“The second one was great work by David (Wheeler), he put it right into my path really and all I had to do was get a little flick and it was past the ‘keeper.
“There were a lot of chances, especially in the first half, and they all seemed to fall for me. There were a couple of headers which I later heard Sam (Parkin) had called for, so I should probably have left it for him, but I think we played well.
“We were on the front foot and showed good impetus and (Matt) Grimesy, making his first start, looked like a seasoned pro and the same with Matty Oakley.
“It was probably a bonus for him (Grimes) to play with Matty with his experience, but all in all we are delighted with the win.”