Kuqi reveals celebration secrets
IT looks one of the most painful goal celebrations around, but Shefki Kuqi has revealed how he does it without flinching.The Finland international gave two demonstrations of his incredibly acrobatic leap and then swallow dive onto the Portman Road pitch after scoring twice against Crewe.
IT looks one of the most painful goal celebrations around, but Shefki Kuqi has revealed how he does it without flinching, writes Derek Davis.
The Finland international gave two demonstrations of his incredibly acrobatic leap and then swallow dive onto the Portman Road pitch after scoring twice against Crewe.
There are no mirrors involved but a clever use of the hands as he softens the landing and then slides his arms back out wide again, giving the impression he has taken the full weight on his chest in a rib-cracking flop.
Kuqi said: "All players have a celebration and that is mine. It is a great feeling when you score a goal.
"I first started doing it when I was playing in Finland. It is not dangerous at all so I will carry on doing it.
"I perfected in the swimming pool. People think I'm coming down on my chest but I'm not really, I come down on my hands to soften the impact, if I did come down on my chest it would hurt."
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The Kosovan-born Finland international also told how he absorbed criticism following a barren run of eight starts without a league goal.
He said: "When I first came I said football is a team game and as long as we win it doesn't matter who scores.
"But if we don't score goals the first people who will be criticised will be the strikers because that is why we are there. So for me and Pablo to get the goals was great."
Kuqi weighed in with a header for Town's third goal and the sixth and final goal, a low shot, while Counago had hit the fifth from the edge of the area.
This, a week after Blues boss Joe Royle had described Town's attack as 'impotent' and 'toothless' in front of goal.
The partnership was in danger of trying the patience of the Town manager, who has made it clear he is looking for even more of a cutting edge, even though Town have hit 58 goals in 31 league an cup games this season so far.
Kuqi said: "Joe Royle is the best manager I have had in my career. Whatever he says is right because he has played a lot of games in his own career and knows what he is talking about."
The double strike takes Kuqi's tally for the season to 11 for the season, after four with Sheffield Wednesday before joining initially on loan but now a permanent signing.
It was also a vital win after picking up just five points from the past five games.
Kuqi said: "It was brilliant for all of us. It was great first of all to get the three points, because we needed that after the last two home league games and the draw at Reading."
But the 27-year-old striker admitted there were more than a few nervous moments on the way
"When they equalised just after half--time everyone must have thought 'oh no, here we go again, we are going to lose', but the lads showed great character to go back on top. Then they came back again and eventually got the sixth goal to win.
"Like the others I have never been involved in a game with ten goals in it. Probably, as a manager, you would think it was better to win 1-0."