JON NEWBY would love to score his first Town goal as quickly as possible.
Adversity this season, however, has taught him the benefit of looking at the bigger picture.
The 25-year-old frontman was a key signing for manager Peter Jackson in the summer and couldn't stop scoring during pre-season.
It just didn't happen, however, when the action proper got under way and then, in the first month of the campaign, he became troubled by a knee injury.
After trying to battle on, he eventually paid the price and there was no alternative to having surgery to his left knee.
It has been a long road back, but two goals in the Reserves at Bradford perked him up - almost as much as the call to play his first senior match in four months at York last Sunday.
Newby realises he has strong competition for the frontline places, but he is now looking forward to the rest of the season with huge optimism.
"I need one goal to set me off and running, but I'm not worrying about that," said the former Bury striker.
"At one stage this season it was looking like I would be out for a long, long time so, to get back in about three months is very pleasing indeed.
"That's what I am focusing on and I'm not concerning myself about anything else.
"I just need to get a few more games under my belt and the goals will take care of themselves."
There were few chances in the Bootham Crescent fixture, but Newby worked hard for 78 minutes and was happy with his contribution to the team.
Had the midweek Reserves' match at Hull gone ahead, Newby would have been rested for today's trip to Bristol Rovers.
There is no doubt he has the pace to trouble Third Division defences - he wasn't a young pro at Liverpool for nothing - and he is hoping to play his part in a run towards promotion.
"I was open to suggestions from the manager about midweek and it was fine he wanted me to rest," he said.
"I know that Steady and Boothy are on their way back and it will be interesting to see what happens when everyone is fit, but to start at York was a real bonus for me and I aim to push on from here.
"At least I've been able to put myself in the manager's mind again, and he knows he can rely on me should he need to."