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Tomlin glad to end goal run

7 November 2012

Striker Gavin Tomlin was relieved to have broken his goalscoring duck at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Blues forward scored his first goal from open play in a Southend United shirt yesterday.

He pulled Southend level in the 40th minute of the 3-2 win and admitted after the match he was glad to get the monkey off his back. 

“I had half a chance where the keeper was off his line and I misconnected with the ball,” he told the official website.

“I just thought not again. That is the way it seems to be going for me this season but in football you have to remain positive.

“Not scoring goals always plays on your mind as a striker. You get judged on goals, but thankfully the manager has continued to show faith with me through it.

“I am really happy that I have managed to get my first goal and we got the three points.

“Now I just want to carry on scoring.”

Tomlin pulled Paul Sturrock’s side level to cancel out Fabian Broghammer’s opener.

Marc Laird released him before beating Neil Etheridge in the Rovers goal to end his drought.

“I just concentrated on hitting the target. I have been over thinking a bit in front of goal and maybe taking too many touches or not enough at times,” he said.

“I took one touch and concentrated on hitting the target and fortunately it has gone in.

“We should be higher in the league but our inconsistency has stopped us. 

“We are nearly there we just need to get a good run together.”

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