Portsmouth striker David Nugent insists he will not let his wait for a first Premier League goal get him down.
The £6million signing from Preston North End has yet to net in seven league outings for Pompey, but he struck the post as a substitute in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
The England cap was left cursing his luck after the ball bounced to safety, but remains convinced he can succeed in the top flight.
"That's just the way things are going for me at the minute," said Nugent in The News. "My luck's just not in and, when it's not in, the goals just don't come for you.
"I was thinking, 'I'm never going to score in the Premier League'. But on another day it would have gone in, just not on this day.
"It's disappointing, but I'm still confident in my ability. It won't get me down."
Nugent had been linked with a move to Derby County just weeks after joining Pompey and he acknowledges it has taken time to settle on the South Coast.
He added: "I've had a bit of trouble settling in. It's not nice being away from your family and being all on your own. But I'm getting used to it a bit more now.
"Sometimes you just need that one bit of luck and it can all change. When one flies in, I'm sure a few more will come after it.
"I just hope I can get another chance soon and hopefully get a few goals."