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Earing discusses Oldham strike

21 October 2021

Walsall midfielder Jack Earing enjoyed scoring and celebrating in front of friends and family during Tuesday’s 3-1 victory at Oldham Athletic.

The 22-year-old netted his second of the season at Boundary Park with a lovely caressed finish which gave the Saddlers the lead.

Earing was pleased to see the ball find the back of the net, as shown by his Cristiano Ronaldo-esque celebration which he was keen to deliver for his friends and family watching on.

“I’m only about half an hour from here because I’m a Bury lad so I’ve got a lot of my friends and family here so I promised them if I scored, I’d do the Ronaldo celebration,” he explained.

“Conor’s ran down the line, cut inside and I’ve made a run and he’s laid it off to me and I thought instead of bending it back post, I’ll disguise it into the bottom corner and luckily it went past everyone, the keeper got a hand to it but not enough.

“We all know we have to start scoring more goals, we’ve had so many chances in recent games and not put them to bed, especially on Saturday. Although we didn’t play our best (on Tuesday), we’ve had three shots in the first half and scored two so that ruthlessness is good and we just need to take that into the following games.”

The former Halifax Town man has found himself playing in a deeper role in recent weeks.

While he primarily sees himself as an attacking midfielder, he feels like he’s adjusted well to the position and is having an positive influence.

“I know I’m capable of playing anywhere in midfield," he said.

"The gaffer’s trusting me in playing a deeper role which I feel I’ve adapted to well. We all know my normal position is an attacking midfielder but I feel like I can help the team wherever and I thought I did that.

“Even in a deeper role, the gaffer is always telling me to get forward, not ball watch, pick up positions where I can land on second balls and take a shot on and recycle play. I got in that position and got a goal.”


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