David Smith hopes finding the net against Dumbarton can propel him back into the first-team picture at Falkirk.
The Abronhill boy scored the second goal of his Bairns career to salvage a point against the Sons after coming on as a second half substitute.
Being involved was a step in the right direction for Smith who has been a frustrated spectator to many matches recently.
“I’ve been a substitute and sometimes not even involved and it’s been frustrating,” explained the
“I obviously wasn’t happy and was looking to be involved more so went to see the manager. We had a really good chat and he told me just to keep working hard and doing the things I was doing.”
Smith, he found out, was one of the victims of the Bairns’ recent success.
“The team has been on an incredible run so it is going to be difficult to get into the team with the boys doing so well.
“It is great to be a part of and I want to play a bigger role and the manager told me just to keep working hard.”
Smith is a regular at The Falkirk Stadium in the afternoons, staying behind after training to work on aspects of his game and is freqently seen shooting into the goal at the North Stand.
He added: “I know hard work brings rewards.
“It has worked for the squad and it will work for me I hope.
“Scoring on Saturday was good and I’m looking to kick on now against Brechin, a cup run would be good for the club and the way the draw has gone a few of the top league teams have dropped out so that could be on.”
Smith was part of Hearts’ famous 5-1 Scottish Cup final in 2012 , but though he was in the matchday squad he wasn’t kitted for the game: “To be two games from Hampden is a great incentive for both teams on Saturday,” he added.