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Crellin delight at league debut and victory

23 November 2019

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Crellin delight at league debut and victory

23 November 2019

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Cod Army goalkeeper Billy Crellin shared his delight after Saturday's victory over Tranmere Rovers.

The 19-year-old made his league debut for the club in front of a packed Highbury crowd, making some vital saves in a key victory win for Joey Barton's side. 

Goals from Josh Morris and Paddy Madden sealed the points, with Crellin unlucky to not keep a clean sheet with the away side scoring late on. 

See below the key quotes from Billy's post-match interview. 

On his debut…

“I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s good to get your debut out of the way and to obviously do it in front of the home crowd is special. This is where I live, it’s my hometown club and obviously I’m over the moon.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game before we started. Tranmere go long, with a lot of balls into the box – I knew that before I started the game, Lucs [Dave Lucas] and the gaffer told me what to expect.

“You just have to deal with it and get the win at the end of the day. We played well enough to get the win and at the end of the day the win is the most important thing.”

On constantly learning…

“When you’re a young kid and you’re going to come off of your line – that’s the difference between the top and the bottom, if I stop doing that and stay at home – I don’t want to do that, I want to go as high as I possibly can and that’s the difference.

“Even if you make a mistake, because everyone is going to make a mistake or a misjudgement. You’ve just got to keep coming, keep coming and coming."

On the competition for places…

“The competition is unbelievable, obviously you’ve got Matt Gilks who has played in the Premier League, the best league in the world. Cairnsy [Alex Cairns] has played over 150 times now and has shown he’s an absolutely great keeper.

“They are dead nice guys and they push me, and I push them hopefully, and obviously from now on I’m going to have to try and keep my jersey. Hopefully it will make me better and that’s what I need at the moment.

“Hopefully I get a run of games, it’s obviously my job to keep my shirt now and crack on with the rest of the season.”

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