Matchwinner Rodman looks back on 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic
Shrewsbury Town midfielder Alex Rodman was delighted to grab the goal that sent Town to the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy last night.
Rodman game on as a 72nd minute substitute and struck three minutes from time, after a brilliantly worked move.
It was the first goal Rodman has scored since early December and he was pleased with the timing of it.
“I enjoyed that and I think a few of the boys did as well”, said Alex.
“There were a few relieved lads on the pitch when it went in, so it was nice to come on and score the goal. We are through to the next round and one step closer to Wembley.
“Doigy gave me a bit of ribbing before the game against cutting in and scoring, so it was nice to shut him up with that one and I will be reminding him of that shortly.
“Nolo actually did that exact same sort of back flick in training yesterday and as soon as I saw Omar put the ball into him I kind of knew Nolo was going to do that.
“As the defender came in I managed to take a touch to the side and get the shot off, and it was nice to see it nestle in the goal.”
Town had taken a 16 second lead, but were then pegged back through Aaron Holloway, but Town kept fighting and Alex believes that shows the spirit in the side.
“That’s a sign of the team and the team spirit we’ve got here”, Rodman said.
“Saturday against Doncaster was very unlike us to concede and to give away a two goal lead. I think we’ve been phenomenal when we’ve gone in front this year, so it was nice to put that right tonight and we will be looking to do that again on Saturday in the league.”
Shrewsbury are now just 90 minutes away from Wembley and Rodman is desperate to play there for the first time in his career.
“The gaffers made no bones about wanting to get to Wembley from the start and wanting to win the competition”, Alex continued.
“There’s quite a few boys in the dressing room that haven’t played at Wembley, I haven’t played at Wembley, but we are very close now and we can almost taste it.
“It will be all eyes on the draw and hopefully we can go there because it will be a fantastic occasion for the club, for the boys and for the fans.”