Hogan up and running

A run of goals is okay, but a run comes to an end. I want to be a consistent goalscorer again and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do.

Scott Hogan

Scott Hogan may be his own worst critic, but he also knows what he’s capable of.

Seven goals in his first nine Blues games provided a glimpse of what a fit and firing Hogan can deliver.

But after enjoying a blistering start to life in a Blues shirt, a frustrating run of games was to follow either side of the shortened summer.

That was until the 28-year-old expertly guided Jeremie Bela’s cross inside the far post to give Blues hope in Saturday’s defeat to Bournemouth.

Now up and running for the season, Hogan says he has always believed that, at this level, he can frequently find the back of the net.

“It’s just been a waiting game,” Hogan explained. “I’ve come in this season and I’m probably just getting match fit.

“I’ve had no pre-season, the gaffer knew that bringing me in, but he was quite open with me and didn’t care as long as, given time, I would get going.

“The goal obviously helps and hopefully I can kick on now but I don’t want a run of goals, I want consistency.

“I’ve always been able to do it consistently in the past when I’ve been played regularly.

“A run of goals is okay, but a run comes to an end. I want to be a consistent goalscorer again and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do.

“Nothing changes if I’d have gone 400 games without scoring, I still believe I will score goals at this level.

“Hopefully next time it’s the winning goal or a goal for the winning team.

“Maybe the chances will come, and I can start putting them away now I feel a bit sharper and a bit more up to speed.

“It still might take me a couple of weeks over the international break to get up to where I want to be, so hopefully I can use the break well.

“I think it’s the same for the lads - given time we will progress here.”

Hogan was one of eleven summer signings at the Club as Aitor Karanka set about putting his stamp on the squad.

Whilst still a working progress, the new-look Blues side have demonstrated their potential - recording impressive victories over Brentford and Preston coupled with credible draws at Swansea and Stoke.

A fruitless week on home soil heading into the international break hasn’t dampened the mood in the camp and Hogan feels Blues are still heading in the right direction.

“Obviously there are bits we need to work on but that’s going to come with time,” he added. “We hadn’t scored from open play for some weeks but we’re creating chances now and a lot of chances as well.

“We’ve had a few against Bournemouth and it’s going to click. It’s starting to click, and we aren’t worried.

“There’s signs that we will become a real good team in this division so there are a lot of positives.

“Nobody likes losing a game, but the lads can feel better talking about what we could have done better instead of sitting with our head in our hands and it’s all doom and gloom.

“We’ve lost a football match, it happens, so we’ve just got to keep going. The belief and spirit is there.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads who work hard for each other. In training it’s last ditch tackles on the line and even on a lighter day lads are diving in head first.

“Everything is about fighting together and the coaches are coming around saying the spirit is incredible.

“We’ve got the basics in order in terms of our effort, discipline and our fight and we back each other on the pitch.

“The more we play and train together and the gaffer gets his ideas across, we are going forward without a shadow of a doubt.”