Derby County winger Michael Jacobs has the taste for more goals after his Tigers strike
MICHAEL Jacobs has vowed to be more selfish in front of goal as he looks to add to his Derby County tally.
Jacobs netted his first goal for the Rams in Friday night's 2-1 home defeat to Hull City.
The summer signing from Northampton Town fired in from 20 yards after a corner had been half-cleared just before the interval.
Every outfield player in Nigel Clough's starting line-up has now scored this season, apart from left-back Gareth Roberts.
"A few of the boys have started racking up a few goals. Theo (Robinson) and Conor (Sammon) have got a few and the midfielders have been chipping in too.
"It had been playing on my mind. I've had a few assists but, obviously, goals are more important, so it was nice to get one.
"Hopefully, I can crack on and get a few more now."
The 21-year-old hit seven goals for Northampton last term but had not found the target in a first-team game since February before the Hull fixture.
"I should really shoot more, from some of the positions I get in," said the winger.
"But I'm not a selfish player and I look to slip my team-mates in.
"Maybe I should look to take it on and pull the trigger a bit more often, because I get in some great positions.
"I'm still young, though, so I will learn to make better decisions the more I play."
Jacobs is confident Derby can respond positively from their Hull setback when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor today (3pm).
"It was a shame we lost to Hull but we will pick ourselves up and go again at Burnley.
"It will be another very tough game but we know we've got enough in the dressing room to go there and win."
While defeat to Hull ended a seven-game unbeaten home run for the Rams, in their previous away outing, they halted a sequence of four successive losses with a 2-0 victory at Bristol City.
"Before the Bristol game, everyone was talking about our away form, saying that we could win at home but weren't mentally strong enough to win away," said Jacobs.
"But we've proved that we can and I'm sure Burnley will be worried about us going there and producing a performance that can win the game.
"The win at Bristol City has given us a massive confidence boost. We know we can play teams off the park. We just have to make sure there is an end product.
Jacobs is hoping Derby can stop Burnley hot-shot Charlie Austin this afternoon.
Austin has scored 22 goals in 24 appearances this season – two of which came in a 2-1 win over Derby at Pride Park Stadium in September.
"That was quite a strange game and we dominated in large parts but Charlie scored twice and it was a bit of a smash and grab by them in the end," Jacobs added.
"He's been firing them in from all angles and there is bound to be interest in him, because of how well he's done. He will be a danger man but I believe we can stop him."