Tony Watt was delighted to score his first Premiership goal of the 2020/21 campaign during a standout display for Motherwell in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Ross County at Fir Park.
Watt bundled home an excellent cross from Nathan McGinley in the 37th minute to give his side the lead, before second-half strikes from Mark O’Hara, Callum Lang and Devante Cole completed the rout.
The 26-year-old netted in Europa League qualifying matches against Northern Irish sides Glentoran and Coleraine earlier in the season. Yet, prior to the weekend, he had drawn a blank in domestic football.
Speaking after the match, he admitted he had been conscious of the need to start contributing.
“I was putting myself under pressure, I spoke to a few people about that,” he said. “It’s good, you need to get off the mark. I said before I left the house today that I’d score but also that if I don’t score and we win, then I’d take that.”
“That’s what it’s all about, it’s about climbing up the table. Individuals get recognised if the team does well and I feel that we’ll do really well.
“They asked me to hold the ball up and I got my reward for it. I got a goal and I’m going to claim two assists because one was a flick-on and one was a penalty won that we scored.”
The recent return of Devante Cole to the club and the presence of other attackers like Chris Long and Callum Lang ensures that going forward, selection isn’t guaranteed for the former Celtic and Standard Liege star.
However, he feels that continued application on the training ground will stand him in good stead amid the competition for places.
“I feel like I’m working hard every day and you can’t get unlucky if you keep working hard,” he added.
“The faith the club have put in me has been brilliant and the manager has been brilliant. I just hope it keeps going and I hope we go on a good run because we all deserve it.”