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‘It was a proud moment for me’ – U’s Nouble

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 September 2018

Frank Nouble fires home Colchester's second, and his first for the Essex club, against Cambridge.  Picture: STEVE WALLER

Frank Nouble fires home Colchester's second, and his first for the Essex club, against Cambridge. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Frank Nouble felt “proud” to finally celebrate his first goal in a Colchester United shirt, during Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Cambridge.

The much-travelled Nouble, 26, fired home the U’s second with a slick finish to notch his first goal in 10 appearances since his summer switch from Newport County.

“It was obviously a proud moment for myself, to score my first goal for Colchester,” enthused Nouble.

“I just wanted to get the first one, really. Everyone knows the work that I put in every day, and I always thought that it was just a matter of time before I scored.

“I was feeling confident. I had the legs on the defender and just got in there. I knew that if I got good contact, then I would have a good chance of scoring, and it ended up being a good finish, from an acute angle.

“I am not a person that lacks confidence, so not scoring before had not worried me.

“So long as we play and we are winning, then I am happy. I knew that the chances would fall my way, which they did today. It had been frustrating not to score before, but I’ve just kept going.

“When we are winning 6-0 (against Crewe) and I am not on the score-sheet, it is frustrating. I hear about it on Twitter, and my brother is telling me every day that I’ve got to score, I’ve got to score.

“Now I’ve finally got the goal today. It’s a start,” added Nouble.

The former Ipswich Town front-runner, despite his previous lack of goals, had been serving up some excellent performances, helping the U’s to cement themselves as a top-seven side.

Nouble said: “I am a player that can attract danger and make things happen for other people.

“I know that I am vital to the team – the gaffer (John McGreal) has always expressed that to me – I’ve just been working hard.

“I was happy for Courtney Senior to come on and score. That will be a good confidence booster. And Sammie (Szmodics) keeps getting tap-ins!” joked Nouble.

He continued: “No, it was a good finish from Sammie.

“Cambridge are a good team. They have lost games by the odd goal here and there, so we knew that we had to start well, which we did.

“Their confidence was shot a little bit. They still played well, but we were more clinical in both boxes.”

“Generally we knew that we are a better team than Cambridge.”

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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