Port Vale: Andrew hungry for more goals after opening his account
MATCH-WINNER Calvin Andrew is hoping his lucky break can spark a lasting change of fortune in front of goal.
The striker opened his Port Vale account when he deflected in Doug Loft's long-range effort for what proved to be the winner at Torquay.
And he reckons it might be just the boost he needs to go on the kind of scoring run which could earn him a new contract at the end of the season.
"Goals like that can set strikers off on a roll," he said.
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"Once you have a goal to your name, all of a sudden you want more. It starts the hunger off inside you and hopefully I can keep it going now.
"I've often been criticised in the past for not scoring as many goals as I probably should and it might be a confidence thing.
"Sometimes you just need one to go in off your body or something and you suddenly start to believe in yourself. You then go out and do it more and more.
"Even in the second half at Torquay, I felt more confident and I think it showed."
Andrew, aged 26, was in the right place at the right time to divert Loft's speculative 30-yard shot into the corner of the net as Vale earned their 10th win of the season on the road.
The former Crystal Palace striker, making only his fourth league start since joining Vale in November, insisted there was no doubt who the winner belonged to.
"I saw the ball coming straight towards me and I just tried to open my body up," he said. "It was definitely my goal.
"It's always nice to get one and particularly so as my first for the club turned out to be such an important one.
"It was a tough game, but we gave as good as we got and it was a good three points, so I was delighted it was my goal that made the difference in the end.
"I hadn't been particularly concerned about not scoring because of the circumstances in which I came to the club.
"I had been out of the game and Micky Adams gave me the chance to come here and get my fitness back, get my eye in and start playing again.
"But now my target is to carry on winning a shirt and to keep those goals coming."
The hard-fought win keeps Vale in second place, two points behind leaders Gillingham and now eight ahead of the play-off positions ahead of tomorrow night's clash at home to Exeter City.
"Every game we play from now until the end of the season is going to be massive for us," said Andrew, "and that one will be no different.
"They are all tough and our league position means that teams will always fight hard against us."