Kwesi Appiah admitted being delighted to net both goals in Cambridge United’s 2-0 win at home to Salisbury on Saturday after being left on the bench.
It was the first time the loan striker had been out of the starting line-up since arriving from Crystal Palace last month.
But he came on just before the interval after Tom Elliott went off with a suspected recurrence of his hamstring problem, and went on to score the decisive goals which extended United’s club record unbeaten start to 16 matches.
Appiah said he understood Richard Money’s decision to change things around up front.
He said: “We’re experienced enough players to know the gaffer has got to pick the team and obviously there are four strikers and only two can play, so that’s just how it is and the gaffer has got to make that decision.
“I think Tom might have had a little niggle before half time, but the gaffer made the substitutions and changed the formation and it worked out for us.
“I started on the bench, but in the second half I went out and scored two goals, so I’m very pleased with that.”
Appiah said he was thrilled with how things had panned out since coming to the R Costings Abbey.
He said: “It’s gone wicked. That was my ninth appearance now and I’ve scored five goals and got two or three assists, so I’ve made my contribution and we’re still top of the league.
“The plan when I came here was to help the team stay top and I’ve helped to do that so far.
“When the first loan finished, I was happy to stay here because I’ve been playing and scoring goals.”
But Appiah admitted Salisbury proved a tough nut to crack before United clinched their eight successive home win this season to stay six points clear at the top of the Skrill Premier.
He said: “They’d only dropped one point less than us in the last 12 games, so it was always going to be a tough game.
“First half they gave us a good battle, but second half we broke them down and got the two goals luckily.
“They were very hard to break down to start with and they had a lot of the ball, especially at the back and in midfield.
“They were switching it well, but without going too deep into our half, so it wasn’t really threatening us but it was causing us a little problem and made it hard for us to get our game going.”