Adam Reach has pledged to carry on shooting after opening his goal account for City.

The on-loan Middlesbrough winger broke his duck last week with a crashing volley against Stevenage.

It had been coming for the in-form youngster after he hit the woodwork against Wolves and Port Vale.

And Reach, who has another four games to go in his second month’s stay, reckons there are more goals to follow.

He said: “I think I’ve been a little bit unlucky in front of goal. But that’s not going to stop me.

“Just because you’ve hit the post and the bar, some players might think there’s no point in having another go.

“But I’m always going to shoot when I get the opportunity and hopefully that will lead to a few more goals – and some more wins.

“I also had a shot for the second goal (against Stevenage) which the keeper saved and Hans (James Hanson) did well to put it in.”

Reach’s joy at scoring for the first time at Valley Parade was tempered by the defeat against a side who had started the day bottom of League One.

“It’s always nice to score. But if I could choose, I’d rather score in a winning performance.

“It was very frustrating to lose from a winning position. It was only 2-1 and we should have taken the game to them. It would have been game over if we’d found that third goal.

“But on a personal level, I’ve got the first goal now and hopefully that will snowball and I can get two or three more before this loan is up.”

Opportunities could be more limited on Saturday when City travel to high-flying Brentford but Reach fancies the challenge.

“We played the bottom of the league last week and got beaten,” he said. “That just shows how topsy-turvy this division can be.

“We won two games in a row and the expectation was that it would be easy at home to the bottom team and we’d get a third.

“You get disappointments in football and it’s about how you bounce back from them.

“There’s not really a better place to do that than away to a team right at the top.

“Some people might think we’ve got nothing to lose but we’ll go there with a plan.

“There’s no point just thinking that we’ll be in for a tough afternoon and try and scrape a draw. Let’s go with a plan and look to take all three points.”

Meanwhile, Rory McArdle played the last 14 minutes of Northern Ireland's 0-0 friendly in Cyprus yesterday.

The City centre half came off the bench after Gareth McAuley was red-carded.