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Connolly: I know the goals will come

Albion striker is trying not to get carried away by good or bad performances.

By Bruce Talbot • 19 December 2020

Aaron Connolly is trying not to be too hard on himself if he doesn't reach the standards he expects of himself on the pitch.

The Irish striker, who hopes to be involved against Sheffield United on Sunday, has appeared in nine of Albion's 13 Premier League games this season and got his first goal of the campaign in the win over Newcastle in September.

“I do beat myself up a lot after a bad performance – or what I'd consider is a bad performance,” he said. “And obviously as a striker it doesn't help when you go through little spells without a goal.

Aaron Connolly preparing for Sunday's game against Sheffield United.

“But I'm still young, I'm still learning. But yes, it is important to not get too carried away because you have still got to enjoy it. Playing in the best league in the world and at a young age? I think everyone is going to enjoy that.”

Connolly, who celebrates his 21st birthday next month, scored twice on his full debut against Tottenham last season and finished the campaign with a goal at Burnley. He is confident more will come.

“I'm thankful to have scored in the Premier League at such a young age,” he added. “Since then, the goals haven't flowed as I thought they would after two on my full debut but I know I can score goals at this level. It's just the best feeling when you do.”

 

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