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Gordon targeting return to winning ways

30 August 2018

Josh Gordon is targeting a return to winning ways against Blackpool on Saturday following the midweek Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Macclesfield Town.

In a game full of twists and turns, Gordon was delighted to grab his first professional goal for the Saddlers but was left disappointed after seeing our cup run come to an end.

Similar to manager Dean Keates, the 23-year-old felt there were lots of positives to take from the game and insists the loss won't have any impact on our league form.

“Everyone was deflated after the game but we have to take the positives," he said. 

“We're going into Saturday’s game still in form - we are fourth in the league and have just got to keep going and bounce back.

“We have been doing well in the league. We are usually the ones going ahead but in this one it was us who had to try and get ourselves back in the game. We have now shown both sides, where we can hold off teams and also go at teams.

“We went 3-2 up but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

Reflecting on his first goal for the club, Gordon revealed his manager had a quiet word with him at half-time, telling him to keep stretching the play to allow more space to open up for him in front of goal.

He continued: “The gaffer at half-time just said to me that I need to keep stretching them and luckily Maz was able to keep the ball in and I was there in the right place at the right time.

“It was nice to get the goal on my full debut. Hopefully there will be more to come.

“When I get on the pitch I have to take my opportunities but it is a team game at the end of the day.

“We are doing well and that is the first part. But personally when I get on the pitch I have just got to do what I did, get some goals and some assists as well.”


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