A goal would do me the world of good, says Scunthorpe United winger Andy Barcham
WITH 11 games of the season to go, Andy Barcham is determined to make the most of every opportunity.
The Scunthorpe United winger was given his first start for three weeks against Stevenage on Tuesday night and was keen to impress.
It has been a frustrating campaign for Barcham, who has struggled to match his form of last term, but he insists his confidence remains intact.
"It's just football really, it happens. You deal with it all your career," he said of his recent absence from the first-team line-up.
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"Every time you go out there you're trying to prove someone wrong or try to show people what you can do.
"You don't really think about it like that, you're just going out there and playing the game you love. We're very fortunate in that respect that we get to do that.
"You just try to go out there and enjoy it.
"On a personal level it's been a frustrating season.
"I haven't had the consistency that I had last season and it has affected me.
"All I can do is keep trying to work hard and keep trying to knuckle down and keep going.
"Things happen in football, it's just one of those things.
"You've just got to keep working hard and keep trying, keep trying to put things right and get to the level that I want to be at."
Mark Duffy bagged his fifth goal of the campaign to clinch victory in midweek, and like his team-mate, Barcham admits he should be finding the net more often.
Last season's Iron top scorer with 10 goals, he has scored just once this time around – back in August at Derby County in the League Cup.
"I think a goal would do me the world of good," said the 26-year-old who was suffering from a bug prior to the Stevenage game.
"I don't think I'm playing bad or anything like that, so it's not really affecting my confidence.
"You can't really afford to let it affect your confidence, especially at this stage of the season because results are so important.
"You just go out there and try to prove people wrong all the time.
"I'm always trying to work on my goals tally.
"I was happy with what I got last season. Obviously, this season it's been very much different and that's been frustrating and difficult for me.
"All I can do is keep working hard to try to chip in with some come the end of the season.
"Everyone needs to chip in now, coming towards the end of the season.
"We just need to get goals, it doesn't matter where they come from.
"It doesn't matter how you play, as long as you get the result at the back end of the season.
"Hopefully we can keep doing that."
Tuesday's success came after back-to-back defeats and saw United maintain a place outside of the relegation zone.
With many of their nearest rivals also recording results, it remains an incredibly close battle for survival.
"There's so many teams going to be involved in it, it's always going to be difficult," Barcham added. "But if you can put a run together at any stage, it's so important.
"We started to do that and that's why we were so disappointed with last week's result.
"But we bounced back and hopefully we can follow up with another one at Brentford on Saturday.
"They keep coming these tough ones, but every game's going to be tough at this stage of the season.
"It doesn't matter who you play against, everyone's fighting for something.
"We're going to go there with confidence from Tuesday's performance and try to get the result we want."