Striker Charlie Wyke on his goal against Portsmouth
Striker Charlie Wyke spoke to us about the importance of his sixth goal of the season following the 2-2 draw with Portsmouth on Friday.
“It was a good feeling when the ball hit the back of the net,” he said. “It was made even better because I knew how big a goal it was. I was glad it was me who the ball fell to.
“I didn’t have much time to think about it and it was one of those where I could have smashed it over the bar. Luckily I was able to place it in the bottom corner.”
“It could be one of the biggest goals I’ll ever score,” he agreed. “It’s definitely the biggest one I’ve scored up to now in my career and I think it was quite a good finish.
“It’s just a shame it wasn’t the winner but it was still a good time to get it. It was massive for us because we needed it. It was a relief when it hit the back of the net and it’s obviously a good feeling to be part of something like that.”
“I’d had a header late in the game which went wide and I thought my chance had gone, to be honest,” he admitted. “I didn’t think we were going to score, but that’s how important it is to make sure you do keep going.
“It’s definitely the latest I’ve ever scored but I’ll take them if they keep coming like that.”
“I think it was a frustrating day for us overall,” he said. “We started really well, and caused them lots of problems, and we wanted to continue with what we’d done in the first 20 minutes. That didn’t happen so it was quite a tough day.
“The real test was for us to keep going so that we could show our character. Sometimes you have to grind a result out and that was a big point for us.
“We were obviously disappointed to go in at half time behind having got ourselves in front. The manager always talks about game management and it’s something we didn’t do. We should have seen the first half out but we let them score, and that was very frustrating.”
“The lads were very quiet in the dressing room during the break,” he told us. “We all felt really down because that’s happened a few times now. It was important for us to react and I thought we were better in the second half.
“I knew were running out of time even though we’d had some good pressure. I saw the board go up with four minutes on it but I didn’t realise my goal had come so late.
“You can hear the fans really start to push you on so you know something has to happen. You could see how it important the equaliser was to them by how much noise they made. Hopefully the way the game ended will give us a boost and we’ll go on to get more results.”
“Accrington is next on Monday and that will be a tough game,” he said. “We know we have to go out there and battle every week.
“We’re not going to get anything given to us so it’s six games left and six cup finals. All we can do is what we have to do and get as many points as we can.”
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