Walsall winger Wes McDonald was delighted to see his hard work pay off after he scored his first professional goal against Crawley Town on Saturday.
The 22-year-old scored the Saddlers' third goal on the stroke of half-time at the People’s Pension Stadium to restore Walsall’s two-goal cushion.
McDonald came in for only his second start of the season and was delighted to get off the mark for the Saddlers.
“I’m very pleased,” he said.
“It’s been a long time coming but I’m happy and thankful to get it.
“I’ve been working hard on the training ground, working on my shooting, crossing and adding end product to my game.”
McDonald revealed the forwards have been receiving some advice from Marcus Stewart and he has started to benefit from his tips.
“He’s given me plenty of advice,” McDonald revealed.
“He’s done a lot of shooting drills with us and I feel a lot of credit needs to go to him. His career speaks for itself; he’s scored a lot of goals at the highest level.”
The former Birmingham City man was encouraged by Walsall’s ruthlessness against Crawley and is now hoping the team can carry their momentum into Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy tie at home to Southampton Under 21s.
“Every game we play we want to win,” he commented.
“I think we played some great football at times (against Crawley), we were on the counter attack and our finishing was pretty ruthless.
“We now need to get some points on the board in the trophy.”