Grimsby Town's Ross Hannah wants dream Wembley goal
FOR Ross Hannah, ending his goal drought in a Grimsby Town triumph at Wembley would be "what dreams are made of."
The striker couldn't stop scoring for the Mariners during a three-month loan spell at Blundell Park before Christmas.
But since completing a permanent transfer from Bradford City in January, the goals have dried up. In fact, the 26-year-old is yet to add to his nine goals in a Town shirt.
The man who once netted 52 times in a single season for Matlock Town admits he couldn't pick a better time and place to break his barren spell than Sunday's FA Trophy final at Wembley.
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"That's what dreams are made of," he told the Telegraph. "I don't want to curse myself but it is in the back of my mind.
"I can't begin to think what I'd feel like if I scored and we won at Wembley.
"If you had said that I wasn't going to score from when I signed, but I'd score at Wembley and then go on a run to get us promoted, I'd have taken that!
"If I go a game without scoring I'm frustrated because I always want to score – I'm no different to any other striker.
"But you've got to keep believing in yourself and believing that when you get a chance you'll put it away.
"Even the top players in the Premier League have runs without scoring – it happens to the best – so you've got to take some encouragement from that.
"Going back to Bradford and not knowing what was happening probably knocked me out of my rhythm a bit.
"But I can't blame that. It sometimes just happens – I need a scrappy goal off my backside or whatever to get me going again."
Hannah could have enjoyed his first match at Wembley a month earlier, had he remained with the Bantams for the conclusion of their Capital One Cup run
"Growing up, it's a place where you dream of playing one day and it is rare at our level that you get a chance to play there – I'm relishing it," he added.
"I was involved in the Capital One Cup semi-final at Bradford, so I knew how close they were and how much the place was buzzing.
"I came to Grimsby permanently just before the second leg and we were still in this competition. I thought at the time 'I might miss out with Bradford, but I could still get there with Town.'
"That's become a reality and obviously doesn't happen every day – sometimes things just work out like that.
"I can remember watching my mates at Bradford playing in the final – they'd sent me a few pictures the day before of them at Wembley having a look around.
"It was exactly a month before our final and I was thinking 'we'll be down there experiencing it ourselves soon.'
"We are now, and we owe the fans, gaffers and ourselves a performance. We need everybody to be proud of Grimsby Town, which is what we want going into every game, but especially on Sunday."