Strikers thoughts ahead of the Gills gameStriker Ivan Toney joined on loan from Newcastle a few weeks ago and the big man is settling in well with Town.
He feels Town deserve credit for their performance in their narrow defeat to Sunderland:
“It would have meant a lot to have scored against Sunderland. It was a tough game and they had a lot of the ball. We had a few chances but it wasn’t meant to be. We will dust ourselves down and go again tomorrow.”
The striker joked about not initially being awarded his goal against Chesterfield but Toney is hoping to find the net against Gillingham to put that right:
“The Chesterfield goal is my goal but it is down as Junior’s goal which I am not happy about. I got the last touch and stuck it in the net so I am sure they will change it when they realise who scored it. Hopefully I can get another goal so they can know it’s me. But I am just playing my game and playing for the team. Obviously as a striker you want to be scoring goals but if you win the match that’s the important thing.”
“I am sure Gillingham will be looking to take three points. It is going to be a tough game and both teams will be at it but we have enough in the dressing room to get the win. Whoever we are playing we will go out there with the same attitude and look to get the three points in every game we can. The lads are all up for it and over the defeat mid-week so hopefully we can get the result. I want to try and get on the scoresheet again on Saturday.”
The 20-year-old is hoping to use his loan at Shrewsbury as a spring board to force his way into the Newcastle squad in the future:
“Being here is a chance to get myself out there and I need to get goals and assists and do well. It is a chance to impress. The fans are great here and have welcomed me and I want to repay them and the team and the manager for bringing me here. I am sure Newcastle will be keeping a close eye on me and what I am doing. They sent me out here with intentions of doing well and getting goals and making a name for myself and hopefully I can do that and tick every box. Football is a funny game, you could be at the bottom at one time and then go straight to the top. It can change in the blink of an eye so I have to keep working hard and I am sure it will pay off.”