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Post Northampton | Dan Udoh

7 October 2023


Post Northampton | Dan Udoh

7 October 2023

Match winner Dan Udoh spoke to the media after his late goal earned Shrewsbury victory over Northampton.

A 91st-minute goal from the striker saw the Croud Meadow erupt and Town grab all three points.

Earlier in the game, Sam Hoskins missed a penalty for the visitors - with the forward smashing his spot-kick against the bar.

Speaking the assembled media, Dan discussed the game and what his last-gasp goal will do for the confidence of the squad.

On getting back to winning ways: 

“It was important for us as a group as boys.

"We’ve been a bit unlucky in some games where we’ve had chances, we didn’t take those chances and then the other team has gone on and scored.

"Obviously today they had the penalty, that was the bit of luck for us - that not going in and then we go and score.

"It’s not about me it’s about the boys and I’m just delighted for the boys, the staff and everyone at Shrewsbury because they’ve not seen a goal for so long - and that's what they pay their money for - to see their team score goals and win games so I'm delighted."

On scoring in stoppage time:  

“I thought a chance would fall.

"I was on the halfway line when the penalty was given just praying asking God to help us.

"Thankfully, the prayer got answered so I said alright God help me score a goal now please and the abll fell to me at a perfect time.

"I was going to leather the ball because I’ve been so anxious about scoring a goal but I just thought keep calm and composed. I thought the keeper would be going across goal so I thought I’ll beat him at his near post."

On scoring in front of the South Stand: 

“Sorry to say to anyone in the other stands but that’s the best stand - I love it.

"Every time you score there you know everyone’s coming to the front and you’re going to be as close to the fans as possible.

"Obviously, I can’t jump in so I wait as close as I can and then the boys push me in so it was brilliant. 

“It’s always brilliant to celebrate because it means a lot to the kids, I always see the kids at the front and these are the memories they will remember.

"Their parents will have memories from the older days with Dave Edwards and all the other players. 

“I want to give the kids memories that they can remember whether it’s their first game or their 15th game – just a game to enjoy."

On the past few weeks: 

“100% it’s been challenging. 

“It’s funny because the gaffer pulled me on Thursday and just said you need to stop thinking too much and just enjoy your football.

"He told me I'm a good footballer and things will fall into place.

"We’ve been so anxious because everybosy wants to do well. All the staff to the players, all the players that aren't playing, everyone wants everyone playing to do well.

"But when you don’t, you start getting anxious, you start getting worried and thinking when’s the next one going to drop for me so we’re all just delighted. 

“Me and H [Harry Burgoyne] every time we go through a struggle, we have a little tiff and a few words and we got a bit over heated. 

“It happened a few years back against Gillingham then I came on and scored the winning goal – this year again so me and him will be fighting a few more times now.” 

On the team performance: 

“If I’m being honest there are so many times that we could’ve done better as a group of players and we said that in there to each other. 

“But, what we needed was to win a game and score a goal so that’s got us out of that rut, now we need to use that and push on onwards and upwards really – that’s how I see it.” 

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