Striker discusses his recent goalscoring exploits after hitting three in three...
In-form striker Chris Wood is glad to be among the goals, regardless of whether they’re from "30 yards or a tap-in", after netting three from his last three games.
The 23-year-old opened his United account the 2-2 draw at Bristol City a fortnight ago and also grabbed the equalising goal in the recent draw with Sheffield Wednesday, but the pick of his strikes so far came in last Saturday’s late 2-1 win away to Derby County.
With two minutes remaining on the clock, Wood’s unstoppable effort from 20 yards left goalkeeper Scott Carson rooted to the spot as it fizzed off the post to seal all three points at the iPro Stadium.
But the New Zealand international, a summer signing from Leicester City, insists he is just happy to see them go in however the chances present themselves after a frustrating past 18 months with the Foxes.
“Of course I feel good, it’s always nice scoring goals,” he said. “But it doesn’t bother me if it’s 30 yards or a tap-in – a goal is a goal to me! I’ll take them as they come.”
Asked about getting off the mark early on, Wood added: “I was never worried about it, I’m a confident lad.
“It’s one of those things – it’s always nice to start scoring early but I don’t think I’m going to keep up the ratio of one in one for the rest of the season so there are going to be times when I’m not going to score.
“As long as I’m putting in the hard yards, working hard for the team and the team is doing well, then that makes me happy.
“The last 18 months haven’t gone the way I planned so playing regularly and getting some goals under my belt is what I love doing.
“It does make you a lot happier when you’re winning games and playing well - you go in the dressing room and everyone is happy.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s win at Derby, United’s first victory of the season after starting with four consecutive draws, Wood said: “I’m feeling good, the team’s feeling good.
“It was a good win and nice to get our first win under our belt, especially before the little break.
“I think in the recent games before that, you could tell that our performances were up there. It was only a matter of time before we put that into place.
“Every game is different. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing a side with a big budget or a side with a little budget, they’re always going to come out fighting.
“We take each game on its own merits and make sure we work hard personally.”
Wood has now been at the club two months following his arrival at the start of the transfer window, and the striker has been encouraged by what he has seen so far, saying United are still a work in progress but on the right track.
“It’s going to take time – we’re building something here,” he said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, it’s going to take weeks on the training pitches and in games.
“It’s not always going to go well but we’re building towards our future and that’s what we’re looking forward to. We’re doing well so far.
“We’ve got some great players here and it was nice that we could hang on to all of them. That’s what we need.
“We need a full squad and everybody working hard together.”