Richard Hinds aims high with Yeovil Town goal-scoring target
Defender Richard Hinds wants his goals tally to reach double figures this season after a flying start to the campaign.
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe United man has emerged as an unlikely early leading scorer in 2012-13, netting three times in his club’s first five games.
Hinds fired home twice in the Capital One Cup success over Colchester United before again breaking the deadlock in the npower League One curtain-raiser against Coventry City.
He could easily have added another to his return had a stunning turn and volleyed finish not been ruled out for handball against the Sky Blues.
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Hinds - who helped keep the Glovers’ first clean sheet at former stomping ground Glandford Park on Saturday - now wants to build on his strong opening.
The 32-year-old who only has 17 career goals to his name as it is admitted notching another seven before May was ambitious but said it was possible, even if it proved a combined effort with defensive partner Byron Webster, who himself has scored just once since turning professional.
Hinds said: “I am delighted to get three goals so far. It is a great achievement and I think the deliveries in have been excellent and that was part of it.
“It is nice to direct the headers in and get a bit of glory for once. It has been a while since I have had a bit of glory so it will be nice to take it and hopefully I can get a bit more.
“I think I have got to produce more and if i have a target of double figures – set myself a massive target – then why not? As defenders we have got to weigh in with our fair share of goals.
“Our priority is to keep a clean sheet and win games that way but if you are going up there for set pieces you have got to make an impact. I think so far set pieces have been very good and we have been looking strong so we have got to carry on.
“Ten goals is a silly target but why not? You have got to set yourself high and if we can get that between us then it is a big contribution from us for the rest of the side. It helps out the forwards, it is not just them, it is not just about them scoring – we have to come in with our fair share as well.”
Hinds said he wanted to disprove lighthearted jibes from manager Gary Johnson about the centre half’s prowess at set pieces and also backed Webster to be a threat at the other end of the pitch.
“He does give you stick but that is something I like, I have always enjoyed the criticism and trying to prove people wrong,” said Hinds. “I have enjoyed the banter with him.
“We have scored plenty in training but we have not taken it into the games. I think we have shown so far that our set pieces have been pretty good so we will carry on working on them.
“I think against Brentford they really tried to nullify our set pieces but we still showed glimpses of getting headers in. I think Byron is going to be a threat. He is a big lad and if he can get in the goals as well then it is better for us.”
On the Glovers’ table-topping form, Hinds said: “We feel like we can take on anyone and we work on what we can do well. Obviously we look at the opposition but it is more about what we can do and if we play to our capabilities we can beat anyone in this league.”