Milan Baros is in the process of overcoming a crisis of confidence, but his two goals that sent Aston Villa into the fifth round of the FA Cup will go some way to ensuring that the striker returns to his best form. Villa have been waiting a long time.
The leading scorer at Euro 2004, a Uefa Champions League winner with Liverpool last season, Baros should have no such problems with self-reliance but his career with Villa, which began in August, has not run smoothly.
Injuries and loss of form have combined to make Baros unsure of himself but his goals in the 3-1 victory against Port Vale on Saturday have taken him to eight for the season.
The Czech Republic international striker has rarely been in top form since his arrival, for £6 million, from Liverpool in the summer and he took time to fully recover from an Achilles problem.
But he showed encouraging signs against Port Vale with his goals, both in the final 20 minutes, helping David O'Leary's side to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup for the first time in six seasons.
"It's been difficult for me," Baros said. "I feel my fitness is OK now but I really do need to get my confidence back now and play well again in the Premier League.
"It's true to say that my confidence is not the best now but I have to work on that and the only way to get it back is to score more goals. It is as simple as that. It is never easy to change clubs and then I picked up some injuries, which let me down.
"Like all strikers, I always feel there is more to come - and that is what I want in the second half of the season, although I won't set myself any targets.
"It was good to score a couple in the FA Cup, but the most important thing is that we are through to the next round of one of the most famous cups in the world."
Baros is already casting one eye towards the Premier-ship match at home to Chelsea on Wednesday. He says Villa have to focus on pulling clear of the relegation zone rather than harbouring hopes of a late push for Europe.
"I came to Villa because I thought they were capable of getting into Europe, but that may be next season now," Baros said.
"First of all, we have to concentrate on getting out of relegation problems and that means staying focused for all our Premiership games.
"We have to go along game by game and wait and see what happens. It was a shame we played four games over Christmas and were unbeaten and then lost to West Ham at home.
"The Chelsea game is big for the fans and the players. We know they will be favourites and we have nothing to lose in that game but beating them in the Champions League semi-final with Liverpool last season was one of the most emotional nights of my career and it would be good to beat them again."
Kevin Phillips is pushing for a place in the Villa starting line-up, in place of the consistently ineffective Juan Pablo Angel, after recovering from an ankle injury.
Phillips came off the substitutes' bench in the 68th minute against Port Vale and his first touch set up the opening goal for Baros. O'Leary, for once, deserves praise for his tactical acumen.
"It will take a few weeks to get Kevin up to speed after his two month lay-off but he is a good player, who I am sure will prove value for money over the next couple of years," O'Leary said.
Sean Doherty, the Port Vale substitute, has vowed to put behind him the disappointment of missing a golden chance when Villa were hanging on at 2-1.
"Those things happen in football," he said. "You have got to pick yourself up. You can't dwell on a missed chance. I thought I should have scored.
Now, Doherty wants to help the Potteries club push for the League One play-offs. "We had Villa under pressure at the end. Any defeat is disappointing but we can take positives out of the game. We've got to get over this and push into the play-offs now. That is our main objective," he said.
Vale goalscorer Nathan Lowndes said: "I was disappointed we didn't sneak a draw at the end."