Jamal Lowe spoke to the assembled media at Pompey’s training base on Thursday afternoon.
He revealed his belief that he would soon break his league goal duck for the season and also that he had never netted with his head in senior football.
Fast forward a couple of days and the tricky winger was nodding home at the far post against Fleetwood before scoring a fine strike from an acute angle.
Alongside another brace from Brett Pitman, it helped secure a 4-1 triumph over a Fleetwood side that reached the play-offs last term.
And Lowe was delighted with the role he had to play at Fratton Park to help the Blues collect all three points.
He said: “It’s the first goal with my head since I was about eight-years-old, so I’m buzzing with that.
“I’ve had two really good chances in the past and managed to fluff them both, so it’s something I’ve been working on in training.
"It’s the first goal with my head since I was about eight-years-old, so I’m buzzing with that."
“It’s nice that it’s finally worked out on the pitch and helped to secure an important result for us.
“I thought my touch was a bit heavy for the second and the goalkeeper’s taken a gamble on me pulling the ball back.
“He took a step out and that opened up some space at the near post, so I knew that if I hit it high he couldn’t save it.
“I should have had a hat-trick really and was frustrated that I couldn’t quite manage that, but I’m sure it will happen on another day.
Good way to bounce back great result #GoalsLikeJamz ❤💙— Jamal Bend Down Lowe (@JamzLowe) September 16, 2017
“There have been chances inside the box in recent weeks – including for me – and we've not really taken them.
“We create a lot as a team, so know that if we can keep putting them away, then we’ll be a real threat in this division.”