Match winner Will Aimson was delighted to see a Wanderers’ set-piece pay off – and get in front of skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos in their personal duel!
Aimson glanced in a late Aaron Morley free-kick to give Wanderers a vital 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic.
And his first goal for the club – and first since a double for Plymouth Argyle in October, 2019 – put him ahead of defensive side-kick Santos in the scoring stakes.
“I was laughing with Rico because Rico’s still yet to get off the mark,” said Aimson.
“We were running back laughing and I said ‘I’m ahead of you’ so I’m buzzing to be off the mark.
“It was a great feeling to score in front of that crowd and take the points but it was a collective effort.
“We’ve not been the most productive from set-pieces this season, so it was great as a team to score from a set-piece.
“We’ve spoken about set-pieces a lot. We’ve been working on them and we said on Saturday, which was quite an ugly game in ugly conditions, that a set-piece might win it for us.
“It wasn’t to be then but tonight it happened and we’re really happy with that. It just shows how important they can be.”
Wanderers had to dig deep to see off a Charlton comeback and secure a fourth successive home win - and sixth game in total without defeat - which keeps them tenth in the League One table.
An early Dion Charles goal – his fourth in five games – had given Ian Evatt’s men the ideal start but on a night when they found it tough to maintain their high tempo, the Whites were pegged back with a quarter of an hour to go.
The Addicks might have eyed a fourth successive win of their own at that point but Aimson believes the response from Wanderers bodes well as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Oxford United, who currently occupy one of the play-off spots.
“I won’t beat around the bush, the performance wasn’t as good as recent performances,” added Aimson, who switched to the left-hand side of the Whites’ back three in the absence of George Johnston, who was absent with a stomach bug.
“But on the flip side, if you can win games when not playing as well it’s a big bonus.
“Earlier on in the season that result might have gone the other way.
“Coming from behind (at Morecambe) on Saturday to get a point late on and them pulling a goal back and us to go on and win it, says a lot about us as a group at the moment and the fighting spirit we’ve got.
“You want to keep the unbeaten run going. We made the point on Saturday a good point by winning tonight. That was the main thing.
“Every game for us now is massive so we’ll do our best to keep the run going.”
To watch Will's post-match interview, go HERE