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Waggy's goal aim for Foxes record

26 October 2012

By Tony Leighton

Victory over promotion rivals Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday would give npower Championship leaders Leicester City their best home start to a season in 106 years - and fit-again striker Martyn Waghorn is aiming to net his first goal of the campaign to help keep the Foxes flying high at the top of the table.

Waghorn has been back in the starting line-up for the last two games following his recovery from a long-term hamstring injury and after making a handful of substitute appearances. No goals have so far come from the former Sunderland and England Under-21 player - but hopefully the wait will soon be over.

The 22-year-old striker told football-league.co.uk: "It's good to be back after a tough year with injuries. I couldn't get rid of my niggling hamstring problem and it kept me out from October until the end of last season. It was a nightmare, but touch wood that's all behind me now and there are good times ahead.

"The boys have been doing really well and it's been difficult to get back into the side, but I've enjoyed the last two games. I've not played a Saturday-Tuesday double header like we had this week for a year and a half, so it was nice to do that. It will take a couple more games to really find my feet, but I'm getting there.

"I've had one or two chances that I've not taken, but I'll soon get my rhythm back and hopefully the chances will start going in. It would be great to get a goal on Saturday and help keep our 100 per cent home record going, but it's going to be tough against a good Crystal Palace team who've started the season really well."

Palace, unbeaten since August with six wins and three draws from their last nine Championship outings, are indeed going well. And despite being managerless after Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers this week, they look set to remain strong with the hugely experienced Lennie Lawrence temporarily holding the managerial reins.

The Eagles are lying fourth in the table, just four points below Leicester, and as Waghorn says they will pose a real threat to that perfect home record. But the Foxes, as well as winning all six of their King Power Stadium games to date, have lost only once in the last nine home and away matches - seven of which they have won.

Waghorn said: "We've already played some tough teams at home and come through unscathed, so we fancy ourselves to take on anyone at the minute. Palace are good going forward but we are too, so if we can keep the back door shut we can hopefully create a few chances and get the goals to give us another home win and stay top."

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