But after all said and done, the 24 year old is backing himself to get back amongst the goals after a quiet festive period in comparison for him.
"I think three games is the longest I've gone without a goal while I've been here. I'll give myself another game and after that I'll start worrying!£
"On Monday, I seemed to be outside the penalty box a little bit too much and I wasn't happy a few times when I could have been in myself, but it's one of those things. If the team wins it doesn't bother me that much, It was a bit of a battle but I think we fully deserved our victory and we are now showing our full capabilities going forward and at the back. "
"We are justifying why we are up there in the league and we keep churning out results and turning in good performances and hopefully entertaining the fans. There's a good bond here and a good spirit and it augurs well for the rest of the season." Alfie's strike partner Ryan Taylor, meanwhile, is eager to start grabbing more of the goals glory after his brace against Vale. Thankfully, the foot injury that forced him off two days later at Macclesfield hasn't turned out to be as serious as first feared and now Taylor wants to continue proving that Le Fondre isn't the team's only source of goals. Taylor said: "Confidence is so important for strikers. As you see with Alfie, once he gets one then they start flooding in and it's the same with most strikers. "Goals wise, I've not got off the mark as quick as I wanted to at senior level. As I've come through the School of Excellence, youth team and reserve team, I've always scored goals. "It's just took me a while to develop into the first team and now I'm starting to do it and people are starting to see what a good player I am. "I'm more confident as a person, even from last year when I went on loan to Exeter. That brought me on a lot and I feel a lot better about my game now. "I've always been confident in my ability but it hasn't shown on the pitch as much as I'd like it to but I think it's starting to show now and people are starting to notice it. "Hopefully now a few more goals can start going in and if that happens then I will be flying and the team will be flying." As strikes, Taylor rightly rated his Vale double—a sweet header and spectacular volley—as better than the two he scored in the League Two playoff final at Wembley last year. T h e 5-0 win w a s a l s o the perfect tonic after a few frustrating afternoons at Don Valley Stadium. Added Taylor: "We haven't had a big win all season, apart from the 6-4 (against Cheltenham) maybe. That day we conceded four whereas this time we kept a clean sheet and scored five good goals. It was a great three points. "I think myself, Marcus Marshall, Nicky Law and Alfie linked up really well. Things are coming together and it's looking good."
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