DAMIEN McCrory is hoping that lightning can strike twice tomorrow as he faces his old club looking to open his Burton Albion account for the season.
The 23-year-old full-back has started every game for the Brewers so far this season, but has yet to score.
In fact, he has only one goal to his name in a yellow shirt, and that came against Dagenham & Redbridge – who Albion take on again this weekend – in November 2012.
“I hope that every game,” said McCrory of his weekly dream of finding the back of the net.
“Every Saturday I come onto the pitch hoping to score, and fingers crossed, it might come Saturday.
“The game against Dagenham is a vital one for us, and if we can get a win there and really kick our season further on, then promotion is looking pretty nice.
“They are one of my former clubs, and when we played them last season was when I scored, so it’s an important game for me.”
The Brewers are looking for their first home win in more than a month, and McCrory accepts that while their away form has been nigh-on impeccable, they could do with picking up more points at the Pirelli.
Last weekend’s win at Morecambe means Gary Rowett’s men have secured up the same number of points home as away, but McCrory believes they can turn their home form around before the end of the season.
“It’s only a matter of time,” he said.
“Our away performances this season have been spot on, it’s just one or two things we need to get back to at home.
“It’s quite strange really, because it was the other way around last season.”
That 1-0 victory at the Globe Arena saw Albion pick up a welcome clean sheet after shipping five in the last two games.
“It’s always important to get a clean sheet, and if we don’t concede, we don’t lose the game – that’s our motto in the back four,” said McCrory.
“The condition of the pitch wasn’t the best, so we knew it would be a scrappy game, but in the end we got a 1-0, and the result we wanted.
“We did create a lot of chances and they created a few, so as a fan’s spectacle, it was probably a good game to watch.
“Sometimes it was a bit end-to-end, but I thought that in the second-half we really got a grip on the game and took it to them.
“And then Zeli (Ismail) has come on and got the goal.”
Ismail’s goal was a thing of beauty, and crowned a sparkling cameo off the bench from the on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster.
And McCrory was full of praise for the Serbia-born 20-year-old.
“Every time Zeli comes on or plays, he always affects the game in some way,” said the Republic of Ireland Under-19 international.
“As a full-back, I wouldn’t want Zeli running at me constantly, that’s a full-back’s nightmare.
“He’s come on at the right time and caused their left-back a lot of problems, got the goal and won us the game.
“We know from training every day with Zeli that he can go either way and use both feet.
“So it’s difficult because if you show him down the line he can do that, but if you show him inside he will come inside, and his turn of pace gets him that two or three yards of space that he needs to get a shot or a cross away.”