Leo Ostigard expressed his relief at finally getting on the scoresheet for Coventry City on Easter Monday but admitted his frustration at not having got more over the course of the campaign.
The Norwegian international’s aerial dominance means he’s been part of a set-piece routine for most of the season for the Sky Blues and he firmly believes he should be the highest scoring defender in the Championship.
“It was nice to score and feels like the whole season I have had many chances and I have been very angry not scoring more goals,” said the centre-back, who is on a season-long loan from Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion.
“I think I could be the defender with the most goals in the league if I hit the target more times. It has made me a little bit stressed because I always want to score, and I have been a little bit down.
“So it’s nice to get one today and help get the win for us.
“I am happy with that and after this I hope there will be more goals coming.”
When the goal did finally come it was from a smart impromptu volley from about 14 yards out rather than a trademark header from the angle of the six-yard box, and gave City a ninth minute lead against Bristol City.
He helped the ball into the back of the net against Rotherham in early December, only for it to be officially given as a Michael Smith own goal.
“If they take this one away then I will have a talk to them,” joked the 21-year-old.
“But if you get an early goal it’s always good for the team, and to get to 1-0 at half-time was good.
“Then we got a second goal but ended up being a bit stressed when they got a goal back, but Viktor went up and scored to make it 3-1, which was good for us.”
He added: “Last season I had many situations where we were 2-0 up and then the opposition scored to make the last ten minutes stressful.
“It’s not nice when it’s 2-1 because the pressure is on you.”
Manager Mark Robins revealed after the Bank Holiday win that the players had called a meeting to discuss their dip in form following the QPR defeat.
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Asked who instigated the dressing room discussion, Ostigard said: “All of us. We needed a talk because we have had trouble with away games and we know there are not many games left.
“We all want to stay in the league so we had a good talk and you could see out on the pitch that it was an important talk, and very nice to get the three points.
“I think the group knows what we need to do in these last games.
“You could see from our reaction on the field that the win means a lot.”
He added: “Of course we have been good at home and we know that. We had a hard away game against a good team in the previous game so it’s always nice to get a win and come back from that.”
As for the perplexing contrast in home and away form, Ostigard said: “All of us know we have struggled away, so we know we have to do something different there.
“At Birmingham we have been very good, and we believe we can win against every team here. But we have four or five away games so we have to be better there and take points also, so I hope we can do that.”
He added: “I think about it every day, why we are two different teams at home and away.
“I feel a little bit different away so we need to figure it out and play like we do at Birmingham when we go away. It’s hard and the facts are we have been **** away!
“We have to keep trying to get more points away.”