Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson has revealed how his father’s influence has helped him turn frustration into exquisite long-range goals.
The former Ipswich Town youngster has scored ten times in two-and-a-half years with Yeovil Town, but just one – a header against Wycombe Wanderers in December – has come from inside the box.
Upson has established a reputation as a tenacious ball-winner with a creativity and exceptional eye for goal from distance.
He capped his 100th appearance in green and white hoops in some style on Saturday, drilling into the roof of the net from a full 30 yards for the second strike in a 3-0 defeat of Brentford.
The effort came just minutes after Upson had been booked for a petulant foul that brought an angry response from manager Gary Johnson.
However, the 23-year-old said it was discussions with his father that made him channel his anger appropriately rather than stern words from the touch line.
“I was really pleased with that goal,” said Upson, who first showed a glimpse of his prowess with a brace in the FA Cup at Hartlepool United in December 2010. “My performance wasn’t up to scratch but I will take the goal.
“I said before the game in the programme about my two favourite goals but that has just topped it.
“There was anger there. I heard a little shout or two from the line after I kicked out but when you have got that built up anger from before and you learn to use it in that way, that’s what my dad has told me to do.
“He has told me to use it in a football way rather than kick out with it. It was a bit too late but I was happy with the strike.”
Upson’s first half thunderbolt against Brentford was sandwiched by Paddy Madden and Dan Burn finishes that took Yeovil to within goal difference of npower League One’s top six.
With the play-offs an increasingly realistic goal for the Glovers, Upson – who signed a two-year deal in May – said the squad were confident of achieving “something special” this season.
He said: “Everyone is delighted and we’ve got to kick on now. Five wins in a row (after the Brentford game) was unbelievable form. If we can carry that on you don’t know where that can take you.
“Because of our results everyone is feeling a lot better about themselves and the team. We go into every game feeling we can win it. Everyone is in that mental state of mind where we can do something special this year.”
Despite suspensions, Upson has proved Yeovil’s most regular starter in an industrious midfield, having played alongside Dom Blizzard, Korey Smith, Joe Edwards and current Middlesbrough loanee Matt Dolan.
However, Upson said he was enjoying playing alongside all the midfielders currently at the club, providing the ammunition for top scorer Paddy Madden to extend his purple patch in front of goal.
“Everyone that has come in has offered something different so it has been good,” he said. “Paddy is on fire, he is doing so well. When you get the ball down and you see his back, you can put it in behind him and you know he’s going to get there.”