Marlon Fossey graduated from finishing schools with honours but admits his spectacular celebration still needs a bit of polish!
Fossey’s extra work on the training ground paid dividends as the first senior goal of his career helped set up Wanderers’ thrilling 3-2 win at Oxford United.
The on-loan Fulham man curled home a beauty to make it 2-2 after fellow wingback Declan John had also struck as Ian Evatt’s men twice came from behind before half-time at the Kassam Stadium.
And Fossey – who then laid on the late winner for Amadou Bakayoko – celebrated in style as he marked the joy of opening his goalscoring account with an Olympic-style tumbling routine.
“It comes from my gymnastics’ background. Obviously the rustiness of it is because I haven’t scored for four or five years!” Fossey joked.
“I’m not happy with the execution but the more I score hopefully that improves.
“I’ve had a quite a lot of opportunities like that in the past weeks but I made it an aim to jump in with the attackers this week to do extra finishing and it’s paid off.
“I had the celebration in mind and it was all the better in front of the fans. It was a great moment.
“The numbers they bring is very consistent and it always helps when they have that energy with us – especially in the dying minutes when you can hear them singing.
“It helps us get over the line and it helped today for sure.”
Wanderers’ fans went home happy after another memorable away-day as they celebrated along with management and players after a sixth win in seven games for the re-vitalised Whites.
Bakayoko’s 87th-minute finish from Fossey’s pin-point cross sentenced confirmed only Oxford’s second home League One defeat since mid-October to knock them out of the play-off places.
And Wanderers are now just eight points outside the top six ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Burton Albion.
“When we go behind I never lose hope. We’ve got a lot of quality in the team and I think everyone feels the same,” added Fossey, who has tasted a league defeat just once since his arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium in early January.
“We create chances and thankfully Baka put the ball in the back of the net.
“We were under no illusions coming into today that we needed a win to try and get to where we want to get to at the end of the season.
“Oxford are one of the teams we’re trying to chase so these are the games we need to win.
“We’ve done that so it’s a big step forward to where we want to be at the end of the season.
“We’ve still got a long road to go but spirits are very high.”
To watch Marlon's post-match interview, cick HERE