James Hanson is determined to end his two-month goal drought to toast new daughter Lexie.
His girlfriend Jodie gave birth to their first child on Monday night – but the City frontman failed to find the net again 24 hours later in the win over Plymouth.
Hanson has been stuck on five goals for 16 games since last scoring against Morecambe. And he has enlisted the help of Cleckheaton mind coach John Muranka to help him.
As he prepared to face old team-mate Guy Branston at Bristol Rovers today, Hanson admitted the wait is getting to him.
“It is niggling away at me,” he said. “It’s the longest I’ve gone without a goal. But at least we’re winning and still up there. That’s the main thing.
“It would be worse if the team weren’t doing so well but I want to take responsibility and score more.
“I was only on five at this stage last year, so I’m still confident I can get to 15 at least.”
Hanson has played his part by leading the line but Phil Parkinson has told him he has to start scoring again to take the weight off strike partner Nahki Wells.
Hanson added: “The manager said to me after the Exeter game that obviously a lot of strikers are judged on goals, especially when you’re getting chances.
“I’ve had a couple of late so I can’t complain about that. Maybe I’ve got to be a bit more relaxed in front of goal.
“I think it goes back to the Port Vale game when I was on form and scoring at the time. I missed a couple that day and maybe I let it get to me a bit and it’s built up since then.
“But I’m sure once the first one goes in, quite a few more will follow.”
Luke Oliver credited sports psychologist Muranka for the improvement in form that earned him the player of the year accolade last season. Hanson is hoping he can do the same trick with his goal-scoring.
“He’s told me to stay positive and when you miss a chance, just forget about it.
“I’m sure the more I work with him, the more it will help.
“The gaffer is a big believer in it. If it helps people’s games by a couple of per cent then it’s worth doing.
“I’m at a good age to try it and it’s all positive stuff. I’m confident it will make a difference.”