Goals are 'icing on the cake' for defenders, says Scunthorpe United skipper Paul Reid
JUST as one win has led to another for Scunthorpe United, skipper Paul Reid hopes the same will apply to his goal tally.
A header in Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over former club Carlisle United was his first of the season – a statistic the defender is desperate to improve.
"I was due one," Reid admitted. "I've actually been a bit disappointed that not only had I not scored this season, I'd not really missed any chances.
"That has been more worrying – I'd not managed to get my head on things, at corners and free-kicks.
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"I was starting to get a bit concerned.
"But we've worked a bit at set-pieces and Niall (Canavan) has benefitted from it a few times where I've been a decoy run in the box.
"It's nice now to be the one to head it in."
Fellow centre-back Canavan already has four to his name, giving Reid added incentive to find the net more often.
Moreover, as the Iron look to continue to pull away from the relegation zone, the 30-year-old is keen to see the goalscoring burden spread throughout the team.
"He (Canavan) gave me a bit of stick about it, so I need to nick a few more goals and catch him up," Reid added.
"I need to chip in with a few more. It's something I need to improve in my game.
"That's one on Tuesday and hopefully I can get one or two more before the end of the season.
"As a defender, that's the icing on the cake. If you can chip in with a few goals it makes a huge difference, especially at set-pieces.
"We should be dangerous there. We've got a few big lads now that are committed and willing to put their head on the ball.
"If we do that and others chip in, it takes the pressure off people like Sodj (Akpo Sodje) and Karl Hawley."
After nine points from nine at home, United head to Yeovil Town this weekend.
The Glovers are currently on their own impressive run, with seven successive wins in the league, but Reid says the visitors make the journey in buoyant mood.
After a disappointing start to the season, he believes a change in Scunthorpe's style under boss Brian Laws is beginning to bear fruit.
"We're playing slightly differently since the gaffer's come in. I think we're playing more effectively," said the skipper.
"I think it's just confidence.
"A lot of the early season results weren't to do with anything technical or tactical, it was just confidence. We've got decent players here.
"We've kickstarted the confidence now and that can snowball. That's what's happened this week.
"You get one result, then you get two results and suddenly it rolls on to three.
"Like other teams have shown this year, if you get on a run of results you can become a steam train then.
"We won't be getting complacent, by any means.
"We've had a great week with nine points, but we've still got plenty of work to do between now and the end of the season.
"Confidence comes with results.
"We're working hard and we're just starting to see the benefits of that.
"I certainly don't think the application was missing in the early part of the season, but it was more down to individual mistakes and our style of play.
"We're limiting our mistakes now because we're not taking so many chances."