Jamal Campbell-Ryce has set his sights on double figures this season after pledging to improve his goal return after signing for Sheffield United in the summer.
The Jamaican international, who arrived at Bramall Lane after leaving Notts County in the summer, scored his fifth and six goals of the season on Sunday in United’s 3-0 FA Cup third round win at Queens Park Rangers.
And, speaking ahead of Saturday’s crunch League One clash at home to Preston North End, the 31-year-old admitted: “I’ve had a decent career and my job is to run at players and get balls in the box, which I managed to do at QPR. But the two goals were a huge confidence boost, too. We’re halfway through the season and I’ve got six now, and I said when I arrived that I want to make double figures.
So if I manage to do that, then it will be a good personal achievement for me.”
United, who have beaten the same number of top-flight clubs this season as Sunderland, Burnley and Crystal Palace, now hope to transfer their stunning cup form into the league and Campbell-Ryce said: “When we play the likes of Scunthorpe and Preston, we have to say that these are the games that matter because if we had a choice between the two, a good cup run and promotion out of this league, we would all choose the latter.
“So it’s vital for our chances that we continue the performances against the likes of Southampton, West Ham and QPR, in the league.”