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INTERVIEW: An instinctive finish

2 February 2015

Charlie Wyke on scoring on his home debut

New arrival Charlie Wyke spoke to us about scoring on his home debut in the 2-1 win over Mansfield Town at the weekend.

“It’s a good feeling and obviously a great start for me on my home debut to get a goal and an assist,” he said. “Hopefully this is just the start and the results will keep coming.”

“I was worrying a bit on Friday night,” he admitted. “I wanted to score and get off to a good start, and I’ve actually scored or got an assist in my last two debuts. It was the same here again, and I just want to keep it going.

“All I kept thinking before kick off is that I wanted to get a good start to the game and it would all come together from there. The fans were great throughout the game and they got even louder when we equalised.”

“The free kick was a great delivery and I just decided to gamble,” he explained. “I peeled off at the back stick and I’m not sure who it was who touched it on. It was an instinctive finish because I didn’t get time to think about it. The momentum was with us after that and we just wanted to get the winner. 

“Thankfully that happened and it was a game I really enjoyed. It was good playing beside Riggy because he works so hard. He brings me into play and I think we work well together.”

On the penalty that wasn’t given, he said: “The referee somehow gave a corner and the keeper hadn’t even touched it. He definitely touched me though! 

“I don’t know what he’s seen there because everyone in the stadium knew it was a stonewall penalty. I thought it was a bit of a turning point in the game, to be honest. It lifted the fans, you could feel them get a bit more excited, and we got the goal not long after that.

“We’d been on top but it was a game where there weren’t too many chances. It was really frustrating to see them get the goal before half time but it just shows what character the lads have got. It can damage you when you concede like that, but we bounced back.”

“It’s good that we got the performance off the back of what happened last week,” he commented. “We were unlucky not to get the result we wanted at Bury but we knew we just had to keep playing like that. 

“It’s a massive game again on Saturday and we need to make sure we keep it up. If we show the same desire I’m sure we'll come away with a win. Hopefully the fans have liked what they’ve seen of me and I’ll do the work to make sure there’s more of the same to come.”

“I loved my first game here and you could tell the fans were right behind us,” he agreed. “It’s a day that showed how much it means to the fans and the players. 

“It’s a good experience for me because I’ve come in and I’m still getting to know the lads. I’ve been in this position before, with Hartlepool, so I know what it’s all about. I know what it takes for us to get out of it and I think we’ve got more than enough to do that here.”

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