Muldoon eager for more after getting off the mark at Nuneaton

Actions from Halifax Town win over Braintree, at the Shay. Jack Muldoon.
Actions from Halifax Town win over Braintree, at the Shay. Jack Muldoon.

Jack Muldoon admits it was a relief to notch his first Town goals in the win at Nuneaton - and is now on the hunt for more.

Muldoon hadn’t scored since leaving Worksop, where he scored 21 goals during the 2013-14 season.

The striker joined League One side Rochdale in the summer but struggled to secure a regular first-team place, making three starts and three substitute appearances before his loan switch to The Shay.

Since coming to Halifax, Muldoon has started four times and come off the bench four times, but had to wait until last Saturday to get off the mark.

The forward conceded his goalless run was demoralising but was happy to end it with a brace.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming but (the Nuneaton game) went really well.

“They both came at once so I’m very happy with that.

“It’s been a bit disheartening going so long without scoring but the gaffer put me in from the start and hopefully I’ve proved I’ve got what it takes to score.”

Muldoon made light of his barren run without a goal.

“In competitive football it was last season - unless you count friendlies!” he joked.

“You shouldn’t really put yourself under too much pressure so I just try and relax before a game and take my mind off it.

“We all just felt relaxed in the changing room before the game and we all knew we needed to kick-on and get the win.

“The gaffer gave me the chance to start and I feel I’ve taken it.

“Hopefully come Friday I’ll be starting again.”

The Rochdale loanee was sad that his chance to start in attack came at the expense of Richard Peniket, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, but felt he combined well with Scott Boden up-front.

“It’s unfortunate for Penny, I was really sorry for him,” said Muldoon.

“But Bodes is a good player and I knew what he can do on the pitch.

“It was a bit of a weight off my shoulders and then Bodes did terrifically well for the second one.

“I didn’t really have to do anything, I just drove forward and the ball came right into my stride.”

Muldoon could have scored a hat-trick soon after notching his second but was denied by a superb block from a Nuneaton defender.

“I shouldn’t have taken that extra touch!” he reflected, “but I’ll settle for two.”

The 25-year-old is relishing his time with The Shaymen and is calling for the team to build on the Nuneaton win ahead of their Easter double-header against Macclesfield and Lincoln.

He added: “I’m really enjoying it, the lads are great.

“Hopefully this will be start of a run for us, we need to kick-on now.

“We need to be winning games to get into the play-offs.

“We’re still relying on other teams but we just need to concentrate on ourselves and winning our games.

“I think after Monday we’ll know a lot more about where we’ll be at the end of the season.

“If we hadn’t won then we’d have been downhearted but it’s a real positive for us going into Friday’s game.”