Mamelodi Sundowns forward Jeremy Brockie admits that he is relishing the chance to score more goals after breaking his goal drought which lasted for more than a year.
The former SuperSport United striker finally netted his first official goal for Masandawana which took him more than 13 months since making a big-money move from cross-town rivals Matsatsantsa.
While waiting to break his deadlock, Brockie endured a slew of abuse on social media and the New Zealand forward admits that the psychological aspect was the most difficult thing to deal with.
‘The hardest part was to try and deal with this mentality,’ Brockie told IOL.
‘Since I arrived in the country [in January 2015] I have been scoring goals consistently and then I got the move that I wanted to Sundowns.
‘I knew it was going to be difficult, but I thought I would have adapted a little bit quicker and that it would have been a little easier for me, but the longer the time goes without scoring, the more pressure you put on yourself and the more people start talking – hide behind their phones on social media and give you a lot of stick.
‘I think the eight or nine games I was sitting on the sidelines gave me enough time to think, spend time with the family and get a lot of support,’ he said.
‘I feel very good now because the first one is out of the way, hopefully they start flowing in a little bit more and I can keep myself in the starting XI and help the club get to the top of the table.
‘[Against Free State Stars], the coach said we needed to get more balls and crosses into the box for the likes of myself to get on the end of. Although the cross didn’t find me directly and was a mistake from a defender, it allowed me to score the goal,’ the striker explained.
‘I think if we can stick to that, not the whole time, and there are crosses coming into the box, which is a strength of mine, then we will see more goals than not,’ he concluded.