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Johnston: It was a special moment scoring my first professional goal

16 December 2022

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Fleetwood Town midfielder Carl Johnston spoke to the press on Thursday afternoon at Poolfoot Farm ahead of Saturday's match against Cambridge United.

The young Northern Ireland international slotted in at left-back last week due to injuries and illness and made the most of his opportunity. In the MK Dons game, Johnston scored the equalising goal - and his first professional goal for the club - midway through the second half to help Town on their way to pick up all three points.

Here's what Carl Johnston had to say in his pre-match press conference:

On his first professional goal and the MK Dons match...

“Last week was a special moment for me scoring my first professional goal here at Fleetwood Town, but the day was made much more sweeter when Dan Batty stuck the ball in the back of the net to give us the three points to take home.

“It was important we got the three points, but it’s the same in every game we play as a group, we want the three points and that doesn’t matter if we are playing top of the league or bottom, we always set the same goal to go and win the match.

“It was a smasher to go and win the match against MK Dons, with his weak foot as well and it went top corner so a great goal to win any match.

“For my goal, it was an unbelievable feeling. I saw Cian Hayes beat his man and I have gambled, and it paid off by the ball finding the back of the net. It was such a proud moment for me and my family – who were watching the game back home.

“I was straight on the phone to them after the game, and they were buzzing just as much as I was and it is a special moment, but even better as a team to get the three points, a good day all round.”

On the differences to last season…

“Compared to last season, we are a lot harder to beat this year. The feeling within the camp is very similar to be honest, everyone gets along and it’s the same with us all wanting to go out and get the three points come the weekend.

“We picked up a few more wins this season, but we know we need to turn those draws into wins. As a group we have been working on that with being in and around the box, creating more chances and scoring more goals, once we do that we will shoot up the table.

On Cambridge and the preparations…

“Saturday’s match against Cambridge is another important game, but like I have said before, every game is the same for us and we will be going for the three points and hopefully climb up the league table.

“It has been freezing up here and the pitches have been frozen. I know the Ground Staff have worked hard to make pitches available for us to train, but we’ve got our work done as usually as any other week.

“We are confident that we can make it back to back wins this weekend.”

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