Practice makes perfect for determined free-kick hero
ED Upson is hoping a training ground free kick routine can turn him into Yeovil Town's answer to one of his Manchester United heroes.
In three years with the Glovers, midfielder Upson has established a reputation for an eye for goal from distance, with just two of 14 strikes coming from inside the penalty area.
His latest strike came in last week's Capital One Cup exit against Birmingham City, with a 20-yard dead ball effort going up and over a defensive wall to give keeper Colin Doyle no chance.
The goal would not have looked out of place in the back catalogue of England great David Beckham, a player particularly admired by Upson.
The 23-year-old revealed in March that a similar free kick against Tranmere Rovers was inspired by watching videos of Beckham the night before the game.
Now, as he battles captain Jamie McAllister for chances around the box, Upson said a practice ritual introduced by manager Gary Johnson will hopefully make him even more of a force to be reckoned with.
He said: "The gaffer gave me a drill the other day where you set up ten balls in a line and you take one step back, hit one, take one step forward and the next, and so on.
"You're constantly finding that area of the net and it's clearly been paying off with the practice. Hopefully I can do that a few more times this season."
Former Ipswich Town youngster Upson has been one of the stand-out performers in Yeovil's opening Sky Bet Championship outings, seamlessly stepping up.
The Bury St Edmunds-born man backed the Glovers to find their feet in the second tier of English football after netting four times in the Capital One Cup but just once in the league.
"We saw the other night against Birmingham that we looked much more of a threat and going forward we caused a lot more problems," he said.
"We just need to do that in the league now and consistently do that, which is now our biggest challenge.
"As you've seen so far it's a big step up all round and if we can get that, which I'm sure we will, I'm sure we will do well.
"It's obviously a big step up from where we've come from and it's a big gap from League One to Championship.
"The teams are the big names and every club has quality players. It is about finding your feet and customising the approach. I'm sure I'll get there."
Defeat to Reading on Saturday demonstrated further improvement from Yeovil, with Upson admitting that their display against the Blues just four days earlier proved a huge confidence boost despite defeat on penalties.
He said: "There was controversy with one particular incident (Byron Webster's 90th minute equaliser but we spoke about it in a meeting on the Thursday morning, cleared the air with the reasoning behind it and now we will put it behind us.
"It's one of those things that will always be talked about. I think it stole the attention. Obviously Luke Ayling got his first ever goal, which was cracking, so it was disappointing it didn't get more coverage that he deserved.
"The incident took away from every other part of the game. We played well the other night and the lads found their mojo.
"We have been working on not necessarily going back to front but being a bit more direct and that tactic paid off.
"Even though at times we did pass the ball well and it was our best passing display we mixed it about as well.
"We had a Plan A, B and C and utilised all of them. We're all ready and raring to go."