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Gower Aiming To Score 10 Goals This Season

After scoring 4 goals in pre-season, Mark Gower is aiming to get 10 this season in the Championship.

The winger struggled to net a single goal last season which he admitted affected his performances. But a hatrick on Saturday against Kilmarnock and his first goal against Palamos has given him a huge boost in confidence.

In the 2007/2008 season with Southend United, he scored 9 goals and he was hoping to get a similar amount the following year after joining the Swans on a free transfer.

After ditching the 'cursed' number 11 shirt and the arrival of new manager Paulo Sousa, Mark Gower has a fresh start with the Swans and he's confident he can meet his own target of 10 goals this season, he told the Evening Post:

'I have waited a long time to score at the Liberty,'

'It was nice to get a few the more the merrier and, hopefully, they will keep on coming now and I can make up for some lost time. The manager said to me when I came off that I needed to save a few for the Championship season, but these goals can't do me any harm.

'It's a massive confidence-booster for me and, hopefully, I can go on and get my share of goals this season. I scored 10 the last time I was in the Championship with Southend and I always start the season thinking I will be satisfied if I can reach double figures.'

'Confidence is big thing,'

'Things just kept happening last season I hit the post, they were disallowed, keepers pulled off save after save.

'In the end I was just trying too hard. I was trying to knock the leather off the ball when I got a chance.

'I have had time to think about it over the summer and I've tried to be more relaxed. I'm trying to place the ball now and it's working.

'I got a bit anxious after not getting an early goal last year and I was too eager to impress. He told me the goals would come and I feel more relaxed.'


Mark Gower is also in the running to be the club's new penalty taker following the departure of Jason Scotland. Pintado has missed a few lately and after scoring from the spot on Saturday, he could take over as our new spot-kick taker:

'If a big centre-forward signs for the club in the next week and says he wants them I'm not going to argue with him,' he said. 'But at the moment I would like to think it could be me.

'I said to the captain before the game (on Saturday) that I would like to do it and I scored one, so as it stands I think I am taking them.'


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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 3 2009

Time: 12:29PM

Your Comments

if he's going to be our penalty taker he should aim for 15!
GThomas
Ye took his penalty well against Killie!
trueswan16
Makes you wonder why he hasn't taken a pen before? I know Jason took them but surely he should have had one.
Swan4eva
To score the penalty was a confidence booster at home. The second goal hit him and went in, but well done for being in the right place. His third goal was a peach, a curler rather than a power blaster. If he continues like this, then he will score more goals than his shirt number last season.
willow
 

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