In the wake of his penalty miss on Saturday, Thomas Ince has vowed to bounce back and not read too much into it.
It was the first blot on Ince’s record this season, who has buried three from the spot, as well as a further three from open play.
Now he is focused on continuing that fine form at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday.
“Saturday was disappointing because I missed the penalty, but you can’t dwell on that. I managed to grab the game by the scruff of the neck in the last ten minutes. As long as I keep popping up, that is what the best players in the world do even, they may not have the best game, but do that one crucial thing,” Ince said.
“I’m my worst critic; I know I can’t play well every week. There will be times where for three or four games I’ll go through a sticky patch, I’m only 21 so to put that pressure on myself to perform every week is difficult.
“I want to score more goals from open play, and be back firing to how I was at the start of the season.
“That is my standards and how it will be every week. Sometimes you can score goals and not perform well, which is a nice trait to have. If I was to say I didn’t have my best season, but outdid my scoring record from last year then that is positive.”
Instead, Ince focused on the team, which finds itself well placed in fourth after 14 games.
“It’s been a very good start to the season from the team’s point of view, and I’m happy to be part of that.
“There is a lot more to give from our front line, but as a whole team the defending has been outstanding. Our mentality has been clean sheets.
“We’re going into games knowing we’ll give 100 per cent and work hard for each other, and we’ve got players who can score goals,” Ince said.