Josh Gordon Happy to be Back Among the Goals

Walsall striker Josh Gordon has spoken following his midweek EFL Trophy hat-trick and admitted he was delighted to get back among the goals before thanking strike partner Caolan Lavery for allowing him to take the treble-securing penalty.
25-year-old Gordon, who had scored just once in his eighteen pre-Forest Green outings, netted the first three of the Saddlers’ six against Mark Cooper's Rovers as his side progressed to the knockout stages of the so-called Trophy.

After netting two goals from open play in the first forty-five, Walsall were awarded a penalty early in the second-half which presented Josh with the opportunity to get his first treble in a Saddlers shirt.

Gordon admitted he was desperate to take the spot kick and revealed strike partner Caolan Lavery, who also takes penalties, and ultimately joined Josh on the scoresheet, was happy to give him the nod.

Speaking via the club's official website, Josh said; "I looked at Lavs and I said ‘please let me take it. He scored one before and we spoke about it in training, if I score a goal and there’s a penalty then you take but he said I could take it on the night and I put it away."

Gordon, whose first goal of the season came via the spot against Cheltenham Town, netted his first goals from open play this season in the first half against Cooper’s side and the former Leicester City prospect was pleased to see his hard work pay off.

He continued; "It hit my shin and everything but we did it in training. Marcus Stewart works on it with us as well about where we should be in the box and luckily he saw me there and I scored.

"The first goal gives you a bit of confidence. When you’re having a bit of a drought you just need to keep doing the basics right and then it’ll come and that’s what I did and it worked out well for me."

The comfortable victory over Forest Green will give the Saddlers a welcome morale boost but Gordon insists he and the team won’t be getting carried away as they need to take the performance into this weekend's League Two clash with Cambridge United.

Josh added; "We can’t get carried away. We’ve had a bit of a drought so it was nice to get a result like that and we’ve got to build on it and take it into the league. I think getting out the rut has helped and playing on the front foot, gives us that base to take into to Saturday."
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