Beckford: Over the moon

Forward thrilled following his goal against the Blues

Jermaine Beckford admitted his delight at notching his first league goal for Wanderers against Birmingham City on Saturday – one which he believes will be the first of many in a Bolton shirt.

The striker put the Whites ahead at St Andrew’s, with Neil Danns’ first goal for the club since his loan move from Leicester City securing all three points in the 2-1 victory.

Speaking following the final whistle, Beckford revealed that although he was pleased to have broken his goalscoring duck, his main priority will always remain helping the team to pick up wins.

“Obviously I’m over the moon to finally get off the mark in the league,” he said. “A goal is a goal and I’m always excited to score, but at the time right now it’s more important that we have good performances and pick up the three points.

“We’ve got the three points that we’ve needed for a while now and unfortunately for us, the international break is here so we’re going to have to wait until after that to kick on, but we’re all excited and can’t wait for the next game.”

Beckford also paid tribute to Wanderers’ recent loan acquisition Liam Feeney and confessed how much he is enjoying playing alongside the 26-year-old.

“He’s an out and out winger which for a forward is great because you know as soon as he picks the ball up on the wing, there’s only one place that he’s going to end up and one thing that he’s going to do, so it’s always nice to read that and try and get on the end of it,” he explained.

“I was unfortunate not to get on the end of one or two today, but that’s the beautiful game that we play.”

Looking back on his first three months as a Wanderers player, the centre forward admitted that he has enjoyed his time at the club so far and is relishing what the rest of the season holds for him and his teammates. 

“The training, the philosophy and the communication is amazing and I love it - I think we’re about to see the best of what we’ve got now.

“With any luck we’ll go on a little run now, pick up more points and start climbing that league table.”
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