Striker Ollie Palmer says his goal in today’s 1-1 draw with Northampton Town will boost his confidence ahead of our remaining nine matches in Sky Bet League Two this term.
The 22-year-old, who started for the first time since January at the Sixfields Stadium, produced two fine pieces of individual skill to bag our opener just after the half-hour mark.
Palmer showed superb upper-body strength to fend off Zander Diamond’s challenge and reach Adam Murray’s long ball, before he retained his composure to slot past Matt Duke from five yards out.
“It probably wasn’t my easiest [goal of the season], but it is one I’m happy with,” said the youngster.
“I had a conversation with JJ (James Jennings) last night about having that confidence [in front of goal] so that when I do get a chance I take it early.
“My job is to score goals, so that’s going to help myself, and help me to perform better for the team.”
Our team moved up two places in Sky Bet League Two with the point they earned this afternoon, but would have registered all three points had it not been for Darren Carter’s second half spot-kick.
The Cobblers’ midfielder converted from 12 yards on 64 minutes after right-back Darryl Westlake was shown a straight red card for an apparent handball on the goal-line.
“I personally don’t think it was a sending-off at all and I thought it was very unfortunate,” said Palmer.
He continued: “The boys dug in deep as they have done on numerous occasions this season and you’ve got to give them credit for that.
“I came off when we went down to 10 men and the rest of the boys worked hard and grafted to make sure that we came away with something.”