Otis Khan was delighted to open his goalscoring account for Tranmere Rovers as he earned the Whites a vital three points at Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening.
Deployed in the 75th minute of the match as a substitute, the Club’s summer signing found the back of the net less than five minutes later having been set-up by Liam Feeney.
Now off the mark as a Tranmere player, the 25-year-old hopes this goal represents a sign of things to come.
“I’ve been waiting for that”, said Khan on his match-winning strike. “I’ve had little chances here and there, but I’m delighted to finally get that goal and I’m bursting with pride. I hope there’s more to come now.
“You could see it coming. When I came on, I knew there would be a chance for me. Luckily it fell for me and I’m delighted to score.
“It was a great performance by the lads. We grafted from the first minute, were on top and were the better team. It’s nice to get our just rewards at the end of the game.”
Making a positive impact off the bench could well be a common theme this season, with a demanding fixture schedule prompting squad rotation on a regular basis.
“Because of how the season is going to go, compared to previous seasons, you’re going to get people coming in and out of the team,” admitted Khan. “Everyone is here and ready to play, which is the main thing.
“Everyone knows what has gone on with people coming in and out of the team. I think everyone is coming back now and we’ve got a really good squad, with competition for places. Everyone wants to be in that starting-eleven and it shows our strength in depth.”
Up next for Tranmere is an FA Cup tie with Accrington Stanley this weekend, a fixture the Whites’ midfielder is aiming to attack with full force.
“It’s the last competition we’re in and the most important one. We want to stay in it, it’s a prestigious cup and everyone wants to play in it. I think we’ve got a really good chance against a local rival.”