NEW signing Ben Burgess says it is only a matter of time before the goals begin to flow again for Cheltenham Town.
The experienced target man made his debut in Saturday's derby draw with Oxford United having arrived on loan from Notts County for the rest of the season.
He linked up well with former Hull City colleague Darryl Duffy in attack, with fellow deadline-day recruit from Yeovil Town Steve MacLean playing just behind them.
Duffy forced Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke into one superb reaction save with a header, while Marlon Pack hit the bar with a free-kick after Luke Summerfield headed wide from a good position.
The build-up play was impressive, but for the fourth match in succession Cheltenham failed to find the net.
It has been 437 minutes of action since Duffy opened the scoring at Morecambe, but Burgess saw enough against Oxford to believe the drought will end soon.
"We can't be too down about Saturday's result because if we keep playing like that something is going to give sooner rather than later," Burgess said.
"I heard the team was good, but some of the stuff we played still surprised me.
"They like to get the ball down and play football and as a striker I can't complain about the service because it was fantastic."
Burgess volleyed Russ Penn's cross wide at the near post in the first half and diverted a Pack drive off target in the second period.
While thoroughly enjoying his first appearance for his new club, he admitted he was disappointed not to get off the mark at the first attempt.
"As strikers we feel we've let the team down because we didn't score and we need goals," he said.
"For the first 20 or 25 minutes of both halves it was a joy to play in because we all kept the ball, linked up well and created so many chances.
"It's just a case of getting used to people now and working out how they play because I'd only had one training session before Saturday, but I can already tell the lads are going to be easy to play with."
Burgess and Duffy played in the Championship for Hull at he start of the 2006/07 season before Burgess left to join Blackpool, who helped reach the Premier League via the play-offs two seasons ago.
With his height and aerial ability and Duffy's movement and quality in the box, Burgess is confident the pair can strike an effective partnership during the last seven games of the season – with the possibility of play-off matches beyond that.
"Darryl is a great player who is easy to play with and he made my job easier," Burgess said.
"We are going to push for top three and we want to win as many games as we can."
Burgess, 30, has scored four times for League One Notts County this season.
Cheltenham travel to fifth-placed Southend United on Friday evening knowing a win would see them leapfrog their hosts.