Graziano Pelle scored his first goal for Southampton in last night's Capital One Cup second round match against Millwall and revealed the secret behind his recent scoring record.
The Italian, who joined the club from Feyenoord this summer, had gone two games without scoring in the Saints' previous two matches, but he would not be denied for a third time, as he slotted home past David Forde to break his duck.
Speaking after the match, Pelle confirmed that since joining Feyenoord a few years ago, he has a routine that he insists on following which has turned him into a goalscoring machine.
Three game rule
The 29-year-old told the club's official YouTube channel that he gives himself three games to score, so if he was to draw a blank in his previous two games, he had to score in the third.
“When I started to play for Feyenoord, if in two matches I didn’t score, in the third one I had to."
“With myself I always say two times it can happen, but the third match I have to score, wherever I was,” he confirmed.
Supporters belief a key factor
The goal came late in the game with just two minutes of additional time to play, and Pelle could have been forgiven for giving up after hitting a post and drawing saves from the Millwall keeper. He kept plugging away though and the goal was just the reward his efforts deserved.
Pelle also found time to praise the Southampton supporters who travelled to Millwall for last night's encounter, confirming that they stuck behind him when they could see it was starting to get the better of him, and that it spurred him on to keep to his challenge.
“Thanks to everybody, and also to the supporters because I think they were feeling too that the goal was coming,
“They kept singing my name.“They were helping me even in the moments that I was maybe a bit more tired to always have the feeling to run, to score. Thanks to everybody and my teammates. I am happy." the striker added.