Samir Carruthers was delighted to score his first goal in professional football in MK Dons colours as he equalised against Bristol City on Saturday.
On loan from Aston Villa, the winger replaced Jason Banton in the second half and immediately made an impact before turning in the fourth goal in a thrilling 2-2 at stadium:mk.
His goal, a brilliantly taken strike bent around City keeper Frank Fielding, is the first of what he hopes are many more to come.
“It’s the greatest feeling to score,” he said. “That was my first professional goal of my career, so I had the best feeling. I was a big bundle of energy and just went crazy! But it was important for me and Patrick to score.”
Since signing for the club two weeks ago, Carruthers has barely been able to get to know his new team-mates having been called away with the Irish U21 side after the home match against Crewe.
But after impressing against Preston last week, and scoring against Bristol City, Carruthers hopes he can play more of a role in the side in the coming weeks.
He said: “I want to play here, get goals and assists and help the team.
“If I start, if I come off the bench, I’ll give it everything I’ve got and if it’s good enough for the gaffer then he’ll put me in the team. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully it’ll impress him and the players here and maybe I’ll be able to cement myself in the first team.
“I was on the bench for the game against Crewe, which was my first day, and then I went away with the Irish U21s. I didn’t have much time to gel with them or play with them before I made my first appearance.
“It has all been a bit hectic, but to have a full week with the lads, getting to know them and how they play, and for them to learn about how I play, has been helpful.
“The philisophy the manager has here is the way I want to play, so it is brilliant being here.”
But despite back-to-back 2-2 draws with two of the favourites for League 1 promotion, Carruthers admitted the players are feeling a little frustrated with the way results have been going.
He believes Dons have deserved victories in their last two matches.
He said: “I think the keeper has pulled off an unbelievable save from Shaun Williams’ free kick, but we conceded two goals and they scored two goals - so it’s fair!
“Preston and Bristol both had end products from those mistakes, but we could match them. That’s the most important thing.
“But in both games we’ve been the better footballing side, we’ve had more possession and dominated.
“We’ve been playing better football than our opposition, and we feel like we should be scoring more goals, but that’s football for you.”