Jay Simpson: My goal's to take Hull City into Premier League
JAY Simpson insists he is unperturbed by his ongoing goal drought and believes he still has a pivotal role to play in Hull City's promotion bid.
Simpson fully justified his recall to Steve Bruce's starting XI on Saturday as he contributed towards a valuable 1-0 win over his former loan club Millwall.
There would be no end to a barren run that stands at 15 games without a goal, but Bruce reserved individual praise for Simpson as the energetic focal point of City's attack.
The Tigers' failure to sign a recognised forward during the January window has left Bruce with few options up front, but Simpson is confident his work rate can provide the solution.
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"I want to score as many goals as I can but every striker goes on a drought now and again," he said.
"Hopefully, if one comes then another will follow soon after. I'm working hard to get that goal. Looking back, I've been unlucky a few times but I've got to keep plugging away and contributing towards the team.
"We're trying to achieve promotion so there's always that bigger picture. It's not about me. We know we need to score more goals as a team, but we're in a great position. We're trying to play football the right way."
Simpson's first journey back to The Den, a stage where he enjoyed loan spells both in 2007-08 and 2011-12, brought a heartening return to form for the striker and City.
David Meyler's goal after just 37 seconds eventually proved decisive for the Tigers' first league win of 2013, moving them back level with second-placed Leicester.
City will now head to Brighton next weekend with hopes of automatic promotion very much restored.
"We've got a very good chance," Simpson added. "We're in a nice position at the moment but we know the business end of the season is going to be really tough.
"In this division we've seen that teams take points from each other so we've got to stay on the ball. There's teams behind us trying to catch up but we've got to focus on chasing the two teams ahead of us down. If we keep doing what we're doing, we'll not be far away."
Two points from a possible nine during January had seen a dazzling pace momentarily relent, and Simpson knows a seventh away game unbeaten can be hugely significant.
He added: "It was a massive result. We were disappointed with the results during January and were looking for that first win of the year. It was great to get that.
"Hopefully we can build on it now and go on another run towards the back end of the season.
"No one ever lost hope. Everyone believes in what we're trying to do here. That performance and result showed that."