Stockley: I`ll try and stop smiling now
AFC Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley scored his first goals for the Cherries first team on Tuesday night.
The 17 year old striker was introduced as a substitute on the hour mark and within six minutes he put the Cherries into the lead against Hereford, breaking clear and slotting his shot home off the post.
Ten minutes later Stockley claimed his second and in the closing stages was denied his hat-trick with a good save from David Cornell.
The night was capped off with Stockley being announced as the sponsors and fans man of the match.
This morning Stockley spoke to AFCB Vital
about his memorable evening. "I got the call I was playing quite late in the day so had to rush to be at Dean Court by 6.15pm, I knew I was not starting so just made sure as usual that I warmed up well and was ready if selected by Lee to come on.
'When Lee indicated that I was coming on I looked at the time and realized again that I was getting a good 30 minutes, this makes such a difference to only ten or fifteen to impress.
'I got a few good touches to start, I`m really pleased with my touch at present on both feet, and then was put through by an excellent slid ball…control was good and then put the ball out of the goalies reach to the right hand post.
'I wasn`t nervous but I was relieved to get that first goal, went to the fans and it was just brilliant. It felt fantastic and I have been 'buzzing` all night thinking about it.
'To get the second, again well picked out, was great…across my body to the left and then again tucking it way outside the goalies reach to the right hand side.
'I was really pleased with my individual contribution, constant hard work on the training ground and my self-belief has at last given me something back in terms of tangible goals.
'If that header had gone in that would have been 'crazy`…so the hat-trick will wait for another day.
'Thank you to all the fans who voted for my Man Of The Match award, that certainly was the icing on the cake, and will be an excellent reminder/memento of the evening.
'It was nice to have my Dad there at the match as well as my brother Lewis and my friend Dan as well as Dave and Clarissa my sponsors/supporters from Vital Football…a little payback for their continued support and efforts.
'I thought the team`s performance was good, confidence does an individual and a team a lot of good so now it`s up to us to 'push on`, roll our sleeves up and get those much needed points in the league…were determined to do that and I hope to be a big part of achieving it.
'I`ll try and stop smiling now…."
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