ADAM Boyd is keeping good his promise of a goal every other game and the striker admits he now feels “alive” after a torturous season in the stiffs.
The 29-year-old was again on target during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stevenage, slotting home from the penalty spot to take his tally to two from four starts this term.
Boyd believes that, with every game, he is edging towards a level somewhere close to his best.
That is why the Pools-born ace knows he must keep his place in the team or risk going stale and becoming frustrated with himself and the friends and family around him.
“I feel alive again,” he told SportMail today as preparations continued for this weekend’s trip to Rochdale.
“If you’re not playing on a Saturday it’s like you don’t even exist in football terms.
“Everyone trains all week for a Saturday afternoon and if you’re not playing it affects your whole life.
“It affects the way you are at home with your family and everything.”
Much has been made of the gruelling summer schedule which Boyd put himself through before he and his team-mates had even reported back for duty at Maiden Castle.
He told SportMail two weeks ago that the simple solution to nailing down a starting jersey was to keep on scoring goals.
On top of that, though, boss Mick Wadsworth demands an all-round contribution from his frontmen and Boyd admits he can ill afford to let standards slip.
“It’s as good as I’ve felt for a long time,” he went on.
“Am I back to my best? I think you need two things to say that, fitness and confidence.
“I’m feeling fit, I’ve worked hard to make sure of that, and I’m in the team and scoring goals, so I’m confident.
“That being the case I’m feeling good, yes. But there’s always room for more and you can’t let up or get complacent.
“It’s pleasing that Mick is going with a 4-4-2, it definitely gets the best out of me.
“So I can’t really ask for any more at the moment.”
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