Midfielder Jack Sowerby showed an unbelievable turn of skill just before the hour mark at Boundary Park on Saturday when he spun away from his marker and dropped a shoulder, as he received a cut-back from Hallam Hope, before picking his spot in the bottom corner to register his first goal for the club.
With four starts from his seven appearances for the club, since joining on-loan from Fleetwood in August, he insisted afterwards that he felt his first notch for the club should have come sooner, having been in some good positions in recent games.
“I’m absolutely delighted that it’s happened because it’s probably about time I got it,” he said. “Particularly after Tuesday’s game [against Grimsby] because I maybe should have had a couple on the night with the chances we had.
“I’m a player who likes to get forward and I always want to be a goal threat, so it’s just good that I’m finally off the mark.”
Speaking about his own moment of magic in the build up to his goal – a drag back and spin which left two defenders rooted to the spot – he said: “It was one of those where it came to me and I just have no idea what I was thinking.
“Whatever it was that I did just came naturally. I don’t really know what I did, but thankfully I slotted it in.”
“The celebration shows how much it meant to me,” he added. “The fact that it was right in front of our fans as well is absolutely brilliant.
“It was a massive three points because we felt we deserved more from the two home games just gone. That’s why it’s a good feeling to get back to winning again.
“For myself, getting game time means I’ve been getting fitter and I’m just happy whenever I’ve been able to help the team.”
Having mentioned the two disappointing home results, we wondered if confidence had taken a knock in the dressing room with the lads not having got the rewards they felt they’d deserved.
“We’ve never lost our belief that we would win games because we’re playing well,” he commented. “We just haven’t been getting the goals to back it up.
“That’s why it’s good to have scored three and got the points against Oldham. Obviously we want to be doing it at home as well, so we’ll go into the Morecambe game full of confidence.
“We’ve been playing good football, home and away, and we know we just have to sort out what’s been happening in the final third at the home games to make sure we’re getting wins there as well.”
With permission withheld by his parent club for involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy his next outing will be for the Morecambe home game at the weekend.
“I’m cup-tied so I can’t play on Tuesday, but I’ll be there to support the boys,” he confirmed. “Hopefully we’ll get another win to add to what we’ve been doing.
“The it’s back to Brunton Park for the Morecambe game, and confidence will be high for that. Things are really tight at the top of the division and we all know that we’ll stay where we want to be if we keep picking up points.
“That has to be our aim, because we know we’re a hard team to beat when we do things properly, as the manager keeps telling us.”
As for his future beyond January, he told us: “I’m enjoying it here, the lads have welcomed me, and I like working with the manager.
“But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens because it’s still a couple of months away. There’s a lot of football still to be played between now and then.”
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