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McGoldrick Dedicates Goals to Dozzell
Wednesday, 9th Aug 2017 02:51

Striker David McGoldrick dedicated his two goals to team-mate Andre Dozzell, who has been ruled out for nine months with a torn cruciate knee ligament, following the Blues’ 2-0 Carabao Cup victory at Luton.

Dozzell, 18, was stretchered off just before half-time during Saturday’s 1-0 home win against Birmingham with a scan on Monday confirming the extent of the injury.

“I took Andre home after the game on Saturday, I’m close to his dad and I’m really gutted for him,” McGoldrick said.

“That’s a sour thought after the game, so I dedicate those two goals to Andre, I wish him a speedy recovery. He’s a lovely lad, he’s got a great family around him.

“I spoke to him late at night on Saturday and just let him know he will play in the Premier League, it’s only a small stumbling block. He’ll come back stronger and he’ll have a fantastic career, I know that. I just wish him all the best.”

McGoldrick, an unused sub in the Birmingham game, was delighted to get his season up and running by scoring the goals which took the Blues into Thursday’s second round Carabao Cup draw.

“That’s my job, I’m a striker, I’m here to score goals,” he said. “The team rely on me, the team have got all the confidence in me and that’s what I’m paid to do.

“It was a great team performance and it was great individually to score the two goals to win the game.”

He was pleased with his finishes, the first in the 34th minute from a Bersant Celina pass and the second when cutting in from the right in injury time.

“We do them all the time in training, movement around the defenders,” he added. “Especially the last one, we do it a couple of times a week, coming inside and going outside and getting a shot across the goalkeeper and this time it’s paid off.”

McGoldrick says manager Mick McCarthy impressed upon his players that Luton, who beat Yeovil 8-2 on Saturday, couldn’t be treated lightly.

“The gaffer said after the game on Saturday, he saw the result and he mentioned in the dressing room that it was going to be a tough game,” the Blues number 10 continued.

“Everyone was pumped up for Saturday and the gaffer made sure we were pumped up for today as well because obviously they won 8-2 and it’s a tough place to come and we had a few injuries so a few young lads had to step in and I thought we were fantastic.”

It was a very different performance from last year’s game at the same stage of the competition when McGoldrick suffered an ankle injury as the Blues were defeated 1-0 by Stevenage at Portman Road.

“A big difference," the striker agreed. "There's a lot of confidence in the team. We knew that last year wasn’t acceptable, not just the results but the performances.

“We’ve worked hard in pre-season, we’re trying new things and it’s still clicking but we’re coming together, there’s a lot of confidence in the team and we’re trying to play a bit more football.”

He added: “Me and the captain were talking about how good it is out there. Last season, when we were out there, it wasn’t enjoyable, we don’t like getting booed off the pitch. We don’t like all that.

“But today I think the fans were fantastic and we like giving them something to [shout about], better football. We said we were going to try to do that and I think we’re doing it. I think we were much better Saturday and it was just as good today.”

Young midfield pair Flynn Downes, who was making his first start, and Tristan Nydam, who was making his first-team debut, were praised by their manager after the game and McGoldrick was also impressed with their displays.

“They were very good, they’ve come through today,” he said. “It’s a tough place to come, Luton. I’ve been here when I was young and it was very hard, but they stood up like men that’s the main thing and they had quality.

“Flynn Downes was fantastic and so was Tristan, so it was fantastic to see them get a game and hopefully they’ll get more.”

He was pleased with the way he linked up with on-loan Manchester City man Celina, who was making his debut for the Blues.

“Me and Bersant were told we were going to play up front together on Saturday and on Sunday and Monday we’ve been doing a lot of work together.

“Bersant’s a clever player. He likes to drop to deep, I like to drop deep as well but I knew he was more of a ‘midfieldery' striker so I let him drop deep more and you could see his quality with the ball that he gave me for the goal in the first half. He’s got that about him.

"We’ve missed that in certain seasons, so he’ll be a great addition to our team.

Having scored twice against the Hatters does he expect to start at Barnsley on Saturday? “You’ll have to ask the big man about that! We won Saturday so I’m not expecting to go straight back in the team. I’m old enough and wise enough to know that we won and why would he change the team?”

“I’m fighting a cause, I’ll always fight my cause to play and I’m happy to give him a headache. I like to give the gaffer a headache and I’ve given him one.”

The addition of Martyn Waghorn from Rangers yesterday has added to McCarthy's options up front.

“There is a lot of competition but every player will say he likes competition," McGoldrick reflected. "I back myself in any team and any strikers that come in I’m going back myself to play and score goals.

“It was good to see Waggy come on today, he hasn’t trained with us, he just met up with us yesterday and travelled today, and he was fantastic when he came on. He’ll be a good option, he’s different to everyone else. We’re all fighting for our places.

“That might have driven me on today, knowing another striker’s come in. When a manager brings a striker in he’s not bringing him in just to chill about, he’s coming in to play so I know I’ve got step up my game, I know I’ve got to score goals and give a good account of myself.

“I played with Joe Garner years ago at Forest, I know what he’s about. The gaffer’s asked me about him loads of times and I’ve always told him that he’s the gaffer’s type of player.

“I read the thing about the gaffer saying he’s old school. He is old school but he’s got quality as well. He’s goalscorer, he’ll get the tap-ins, the scruffy goals, he’s great in the air and he’s a great addition.”

“We’ve got four strikers and I think all four of us are different. It’s tough but that’s football.”

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dannysigma added 03:49 - Aug 9
I love this club and I have a much better feeling about this season. Call me naive but, injuries aside, we are firing on al cylinders in a way we've not been for a while.

jabberjackson added 05:42 - Aug 9
!Blimey, if that interview doesn't make you feel positive about the new season, then never darken the doors of this great website ever again


tallguy6767 added 06:36 - Aug 9
Nice touch ! Hopefully stay injury free and we can compete at the right end of the table this season. Great start though keep it going !

hulltractor added 07:06 - Aug 9
I dont want to get carried away here after two wins but there does seem to be an air of confidence around the team. The new additions and youngsters coming through are clearly motivating the old guard to fight that bit harder to keep their place. Long may it continue. 3 Points @ Barnsley and i think we may have a long winning run on our hands looking @ Augusts fixtures. COYB !

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 07:07 - Aug 9

Sam added 07:36 - Aug 9
Friendly and Kind of him. Well done for the goals.

pegasus added 08:34 - Aug 9
Hurrah! As well as the magnificent dedication of the goals to Andre, and the warm and supportive encouragement of his young teammate, this interview is articulate and insightful. I've now got new perspectives on the team, its psychology, and learned something of the strengths and contributions of individuals, particularly the new, young players.

rfretwell added 08:53 - Aug 9
Goals shouldn't be hard to come by this season. We now have much more pace, aggression and experience up front. Well dont MM, ME etc.

Ferguson added 09:16 - Aug 9
Good goals and a great gesture. Well done Didz.

carlo88 added 09:22 - Aug 9
The whole mood seems to have shifted, I've got a very good feeling about this season too. Seems the players and manager seem determined to try a bit better football too. What with everyone thinking we're relegation candidates, could spring a big surprise.

Bluebell added 11:47 - Aug 9
Well done Didzy for your goals and thoughts about Andre. I am sure he will appreciate that.

Great to see the passion from the players Saturday and yesterday. Even the new ones seem to be enjoying it. The way they all hug and congratulate each other after the games is wonderful to see. They all seem to be getting on so well.

Keep it up boys and roll on Barnsley!

Carberry added 11:56 - Aug 9
'The team rely on me....' Where on earth did he get that idea?

bressinghamblue added 12:57 - Aug 9
Didz is a class act on and off the field. If he can keep injury-free we have four good strikers plus Celina.

Will MM be brave enough to rotate them when one loses form? Will he give the opposition something to think about with us playing passing football on a wet Tuesday in November? Let's see. An interesting season ahead.

dirtydingusmagee added 14:56 - Aug 9
nice one Didz, the kid must feel pig sick. Hopefully his recovery goes well ,its not an injury that can be sorted quickly,it will take time.Im sure he will get plenty of moral support from team mates

Seasider added 19:43 - Aug 9
Well done Didsy for speaking about Andre',and well done to Mr Mccarthy for what he is reported as saying regarding young Dozell, and to the team prior to he Luton game.

Looks like Mick has seen the light on the road to Damascus !!!

CalmoreBlue added 21:07 - Aug 9
Seasider, I'm sure we're at Barnsley next not Damascus.

dubblue added 23:57 - Aug 9
nice gesture from Didz

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