LIAM Boyce admits he was delighted to get off the mark in the league at the weekend - and says our 3-0 win over MK Dons was just reward for the football we have been playing.
Boyce, who has now met up with the Northern Ireland squad for international duty, scored twice in that victory - breaking the deadlock with a well-worked diving header and finishing powerfully past Lee Nicholls as the game entered added time.
Though they were his first league goals of the season, they put the 28-year-old to the top of the goalscoring charts on six for the season, following four fine goals in the Carabao Cup.
And the nature of the MK Dons win felt particularly sweet, Boyce says, following our previous league game against Tranmere, where two late goals saw us lose 2-1 at Prenton Park.
“I’ve scored goals this season but it’s just good to get off and running in the league,” said Boyce.
“For it to be such a comprehensive win, after the Tranmere game where we threw it away, we knew at half-time we didn’t want to feel like that again.
“We talked at half-time about getting chances but not taking them. In the first half we had four or five chances and you’d expect us to take two or three of them.
“We came out second half, had a couple more chances and took more than we finished.
“We just need to keep improving on that because with the way we’re playing, we deserve goals.
“We’re passing the ball about, getting people in behind. That’ll come with the confidence that a 3-0 win can give you.”
Boyce was also delighted to see Oliver Sarkic get his first league goal for the Brewers - a sumptuous curled effort that found the top-left corner.
“Oli scored a great goal,” said Boyce.
“I see him do that every day in training. He’s got unbelievable technique he goes that in shooting drills in training, every time he gets the ball.
“You just say to him ‘keep shooting and one will go in’. That’s the sort of quality that he has. He gets into great positions and he’s a quality player.”