Walsall striker Josh Gordon was delighted to get back on the pitch and was pleased to net on his return against Stevenage on Wednesday night.
The 26-year-old came off the bench to score the equaliser from the penalty spot having featured for the first time since October 10th.
Gordon felt it was ‘written in the stars’ for him mark his comeback with a goal when the Saddlers were awarded a penalty late on but he was especially pleased that the long wait to get back on the pitch was over.
“It’s nice, it’s been a long journey, seven weeks now,” said Gordon.
“It’s nice to be around the lads again training and I’m happy to get a goal.
“We kind of knew it would be roughly around this time, maybe a couple of weeks longer. I’ve had Rev (Marc Czuczman) with me throughout conditioning my legs and that’s helped speed it up.
“Still when I’m playing it’s that confidence of going in for them tackles and them little kicks like that. I semi pulled out at the same time as I went to hit it and the referee gave the penalty.
“Lavs (Caolan Lavery) looked at me and asked me the question of who is going to take it and I thought it was written in the stars so I had to take it and glad to get it in.”
In Gordon’s absence, Darrell Clarke brought in Jake Scrimshaw and Adan George on loan to help fill the void that he had left.
The former Leicester City striker has been impressed with Scrimshaw having seen some similarities to himself in the 20-year-old.
Gordon revealed that he’s been offering advice to Scrimshaw and he is more than happy to help the young strikers.
“I’ve spoken to Scrimmy at training, talking about the games and the games I haven’t been able to go to like Cheltenham when he nearly scored,” explained Gordon.
“I said that it will come, just keep doing what you’re doing and it happens but he’s quite switched on.
“The more he has played, the more he has grown into the games. A lot of players say he’s a bit like me. He puts his body where he needs to be and breaks the lines.
“He looks good and I think he is similar to how I was last season where I was just trying to find that goal just to make all that work rate seem worthwhile. Adan just needs a bit more time to bed in but hopefully he’ll get his chance as well.”
The Saddlers now turn their attention to Saturday’s trip to Tranmere Rovers.
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