LUKE Varney reckons he is putting too much pressure on himself to get back on the scoring trail, as he bids to end a run of six games without a goal.
Varney was on fire at the start of the season and could do no wrong – his finest moment a spectacular volley against Wolves, famously witnessed by Prince William.
But since hitting the target at Bolton in November, the on-loan Derby frontman hasn’t managed to add to his five-goal tally for the season.
“I have been slightly disappointed not to get on the scoresheet for a while,” said Varney, 28.
“I never hide away from the fact that I am a player who likes to be involved in the goals and be dangerous in games.
“I think I probably put a little bit too pressure on myself about scoring goals at times, because I know with playing out on the left there is a bit more to my game than scoring.
“But I’ve had a good think about it over the weekend because I was really disappointed on Saturday.
“I felt I should probably have got in better positions and could have nicked a goal had we picked a better final ball out.
“But we are working on that.
“The lads have been fantastic with me. They all gee me on, and vice versa.
“We have all been through stages when it doesn’t quite happen for us.
“Earlier in the season DJ missed a few chances, but the last half a dozen games he has been fantastic and got back in the goals, and long may it continue for him.
“I know for a fact I’ll be back – it’s just a case of getting that one goal and then hopefully I’ll be firing on all cylinders again.”
Varney is aiming for points as well as goals in the next three home games, with Sunderland, Manchester United and West Ham due at Bloomfield Road.
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