Jeff Hughes has targeted a return to goal-scoring form in this weekend’s FA Cup with Budweiser meeting with Rotherham United.
Last term’s top-scorer netted four times in the 2011.12 tournament campaign, grabbing braces in the triumphs over both Sutton United and Doncaster Rovers.
The midfielder, who scored 17 times in all competitions during that season to claim the club’s Golden Boot award, has found the net on three occasions so far this campaign.
Although he is not too harsh on himself, having been seen as the utility man for much of the season due to injuries throughout the squad, he is now determined to start closing in on last year’s figure, following his return to midfield.
He told Magpie Player: “I’m looking for more goals in general but obviously I’ve moved about a bit this year and had to fill in a few positions.
“I enjoy the FA Cup, I’ve had some good times in it and scored in it, so that always helps.
“We’ve got a lot of players who can score this year so I suppose it’s a good thing that we’re not relying on one or two people, because anybody in the front six can score.
“I suppose I am glad to be back in midfield now, because I do like getting forward and you get more chances, so hopefully I can score a bit more."
Hughes remains hurt by last season’s exit from the tournament – a fourth round defeat at the hands of npower League 1 rivals Stevenage – and is desperate to make up for it this time around.
He continued: “You want to go through and you don’t want to go out the way that we did last year.
“It was kind of with a whimper and it was a big disappointment when you see them playing Tottenham in the next round.
"You try not to dwell on it because it’s the cup and anything can happen.
“If Rotherham go through this weekend and get a big team, we’ll be thinking the exact same thing and we’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
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