RYAN DONALDSON has set his sights on a first senior goal when Hartlepool United take on MK Dons tomorrow and admits it will be a moment he will treasure forever.
The 19-year-old went agonisingly close to breaking that duck during Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Charlton, twice shaving the woodwork having sniffed out openings inside the penalty area.
But those missed chances did little to detract from an eye-catching performance which will be enough to see the frontman retain his place for the visit of The Dons.
Donaldson admits the display was his best yet since last month’s move to Victoria Park, but says he is eager for that maiden senior strike.
“Tuesday was brilliant and I loved every minute of it,” said the striker, who is on loan from Newcastle United.
“I had a couple of good chances as well, and I probably should have scored one of them.
“I’d love to score my first senior goal for Hartlepool. It’ll obviously be something I remember for the rest of my life.”
Donaldson had endured a frustrating start to life at Hartlepool, twice used as a lone frontman in his opening games only to find himself on the bench for the next two.
But a strong and energetic midweek display against The Addicks was more like what Donaldson knows he can produce, and he enjoyed having a strike partner in the form of James Brown.
“It was great to have James up there with me and I think it worked well,” he added.
“We nearly clicked a couple of times so hopefully we’ll get the chance together again tomorrow.”
Wadsworth is weighing up a summer move for Donaldson, should the forward become a free agent. But the England youth international is only focusing on the here and now, and that means winning three points tomorrow afternoon.
He said: “I’m not sure what’s happening long term, all I can concentrate on is my next game.”
Pools are likely to be unchanged for tomorrow’s clash, although Wadsworth will make late decisions on the condition of some of his players with one eye on Tuesday’s visit of Southampton to Victoria Park.