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Collins' Goal Delight

24 September 2014

Striker glad to get winner over Norwich

Striker James Collins was relieved to get back among the goals after his header fired Shrewsbury Town to a 1-0 win over Norwich City on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old nodded the ball over Canaries goalkeeper Declan Rudd in the second half at the Greenhous Meadow to send Town into the last-16 of the Capital One Cup for the first time since 1987.

Collins had been left a frustrated figure in front of goal for Micky Mellon's side recently, but he was just glad to be back on the scoresheet, particularly on such a special night for the Club.

"It's been a long time coming (the goal) and I'm just happy that it has come against such a big side, and that it means so much to the players, the fans and the Club," said Collins.

"Jean-Louis (Akpa Akpro) has got up in the area and the ball was bundling around the box, and I've just managed to get my head on it, and I managed to get just enough on it for it to loop over the goalkeeper.

"The lads were all buzzing for me because they knew how frustrated I was getting. The crowd were always with me before and since I've been back as well, so it's really pleasing.

"I was just happy with the win to be fair and to get our name in the next round of the draw.

"It's something that the Club hasn't done in a while, so I'm just glad I could help make that happen."

Collins felt Town deserved their win on the night after going close on many occasions against the Championship side.

"We looked like we were threatening to score every time we went forward, and I didn't think they (Norwich) created too many chances either," he said.

"We more than matched a top-quality opposition who are up towards the top of the Championship.

"We need to go into Saturday (against Southend United) now with the same attitude and get the three points."

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