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Dan Udoh reflects on yesterday's Emirates FA Cup game away at Liverpool

10 January 2022


Dan Udoh reflects on yesterday's Emirates FA Cup game away at Liverpool

10 January 2022

Dan Udoh spoke to the press after yesterday's Emirates FA Cup fixture at Liverpool.

Salop lost 4-1 to the European giants on Sunday afternoon but Udoh etched his name into Shrewsbury Town history with a goal in the 27th minute.

His effort from close range hit the back of the net directly in front of the 5,600 travelling Salop fans and gave Town a shock lead at Anfield.

Udoh remained humble when discussing his goal, saying he was happy to provide the fans with that unforgettable moment.

On the game:

"First and foremost, it was lovely for the fans that we got a goal but I didn't think it was a 4-1 game, their quality shone through at the end. It was just a good day out for the boys, I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, especially when it was the 70th minute and it was still 2-1. To get ahead at Anfield was a joy for all the boys and it's moments like this that you'll never forget in your career. For how good and supportive the fans are to the team, when they back us if we win, lose, or draw, they deserve that for coming out in their numbers today. 

"In terms of their team, no [it wasn't what I expected]! When you see you're coming up against Virgil van Dijk, a £75 million defender, and [Ibrahima] Konate, you expect a tough game, but at the end of the day when you're on the pitch you have to give a good account of yourself, and when you step across the line it's me versus you and the best man will win and they won today. They were sharper, smarter, they were good on the ball. There were times where I thought I might have them but then you see the difference in the quality and class and how strong they are. I remember knocking the ball past Konate and normally in the league when I knock the ball past someone, I can get across them, but today I felt him, he's a brick house!

"Moments like this, scoring the goal, I won't forget it. It was good for the boys, good for the fans it was just a good day, so I thank God for that. I remember Natty's [Nathanael Ogbeta's] good ball and getting in between the two centre-halves, it was just amazing, that's all I can say about it, it was amazing.

"My target for the whole season was to get ten [goals] because in the last two years I've got nine, so my target was ten for the whole season and now I've got that, so another ten will do won't it?! I'm joking but I'll keep pushing on!

"This is what it's about. A coach once told me that if you think a game is going to be the biggest one you'll ever play then it will be, and that's what I was saying to young Nat [Ogbeta] to give him some confidence because you will get moments like that again, look up, enjoy it and do the best you can. The journey is all about days like this."

On Virgil van Dijk:

"That [van Dijk asking for his shirt] was crazy! As I was coming off, I asked him if I could have his shirt and he asked for mine as well, so I told him I'd meet him inside the changing room and obviously that meant I would go to him, but he came to us which just shows what a good guy he is and what a good character. It's going up on the wall!"


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