ANTONY Sweeney admits that “goals” have long been the problem for Hartlepool United.
And that is why he believes the double during last night’s 2-0 win at Whitby Town can provide a platform for a sharper attacking edge this season.
It was Sweeney who opened the scoring with a neatly-taken volley in the first-half before trialist Nialle Rodney slotted home a second for Colin Cooper’s side after the break.
And Sweeney told SportMail: “Goals are everything to us.
“The manager and Higgy (Craig Hignett) weren’t here last season but they would have done enough their research and they know where we’re lacking.
“We went into games last season just hoping not to lose.
“Hopefully this season we can go into games with more confidence with regards scoring.
“It’s something we’re working on and the manager has lots of ideas in training on how to improve us.
“There are goals in this team and the manager is working on bringing that confidence back to us.
“This is a start and we looked a lot more dangerous at times.”
And, on a personal level, Sweeney is hoping that his trademark strike provides the spark for a lucrative run in front of the posts.
“The goal is something the gaffer has been talking to me about, not getting into the box too soon,” he revealed.
“There was one slightly earlier when I just missed out on one but I timed the goal just nicely.
“It’s nice to get on target as well, even though it is pre-season.
“It’s all little building blocks for when the real action starts.
“I hope it does make a difference confidence wise because I think I’ve shown that I’m the type who goes on runs.
“It’s when you’re searching for goals that it plays on your mind a little bit more.
“So I’ll hopefully get another one on Saturday against Middlesbrough.”