Matt's pleasant surprise
MATT Richards was as surprised as he was delighted to score Town's winner against Stoke City, writes Derek Davis.As soon as the initial shock of hooking in Jim Magilton's nod-down from a Jermaine Wright cross was over, the 18-year-old was off and running.
MATT Richards was as surprised as he was delighted to score Town's winner against Stoke City, writes Derek Davis.
As soon as the initial shock of hooking in Jim Magilton's nod-down from a Jermaine Wright cross was over, the 18-year-old was off and running.
Richards' athleticism allowed him to get into the danger area after storming up from the left back position, just as ordered.
He said: "The Gaffer had been telling me to get forward more and to get into the area. When the ball came I just tried to get something on it and it went in. I could not believe it. As soon as it went in I was off celebrating.
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"It was a great moment for me and even better as it meant we got another three points and kept our run going."
Richards was many people's choice for man of the match, but bizarrely enough was asked by Sky television to hand the bubbly to their choice, Spaniard Pablo Counago.
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But the TV people made up for it by presenting Richards with a video of the game, complete with his first-ever senior goal.
The former county rugby player picked up awards of his own by Town sponsors and the EADT gave him man of the match.
But with a game tomorrow against Crystal Palace, there was little time for celebration, so a quiet night with girlfriend and close family followed on Saturday night.
It had been a double celebration after he had watched England beat South Africa in the Rugby World Cup earlier in the day.
He said: "I'm a big rugby fan and watch as many games as I can. I fancy our chances of winning the World Cup as well, injuries permitting."
Richards, who made his debut for Town when he started against Avenir Beggen in the UEFA Cup last season, signed a new three-year contract for the Blues last summer after attracting interest from both Newcastle United and Southampton.