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Kenwyne Jones has set himself a target of 20 goals for the season.

The Trinidad and Tobago international is already a tenth of the way there after netting twice in the last two games, including the winner at Sheffield Wednesday where he spent a highly successful loan spell last season.

He began the campaign just looking to establish himself in the side but now he is aiming to reproduce the same scoring streak he enjoyed at Wednesday when he hit seven goals in as many games.

He said: "I didn't really set myself a target before the season but after Saturday I'm going to press hard to get 20 goals, very hard. "It all depends on the season - hopefully I will be injury free. It is a very long season but with 46 games I believe in myself that I could manage 20 goals."

Although the goal had an element of fortune with a slip by a defender, there was nothing lucky about the finish, as he clinically thumped the ball past the keeper from a tight angle.

He added:"There is a lot of luck in games - good and bad luck and fortunately it went my way. "The goal was a flick on by Dexter Blackstock and one of their defenders wanted to play back to his goalkeeper and had a slip. Fortunately for me I was there chasing the ball and I just got in and took my chance. "I am definitely always a confident person and while I am scoring goals it is just adding to that. From the kick-off I wanted to score so it was just a matter of getting that chance in the game and taking it. I was very determined to do well back here and it definitely paid off."

The Trinidad and Tobago international added there were many positives to take from the game. "We definitely needed that win because it helps us to kick on from here and become an even better team throughout the season.

"The mood in the dressing room wasn't that bad even though we lost at Luton. We still held our heads up in training but today it is even better. "Obviously you want to be keeping clean sheets - you don't want to be letting goals in because it could hurt you until the end of the season, so I think it was well done by the boys to keep a clean sheet. "We can only go from here - take all the weak and good points and try and move on."

This was Jones' first return to Hillsborough since firing the goals which sparked their promotion push and he received a warm ovation from the home fans - even after netting the winner which he tactfully did not celebrate.

He added: "It was definitely emotional for me. Scoring that goal I would probably have a different celebration, but I couldn't because I came back here. "The Wednesday fans have always been good to me since I was there and it was nice to come back and get that sort of reception. "It was good for them to come up but at this point I am playing for Southampton so it is a bit unlucky for them, but thats football. "I think I did well for them and they did well for me in return. I think it was great by the fans to still show that support so it was nice getting that sort of reception. "I definitely wish them all the best. I wish that they are right up there with us. I will just have to beat them again if we both go up!"