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Freddy out to get another Final goal

5 April 2013

Freddy Eastwood hopes to add to the goal he scored at the Millennium Stadium with one at Wembley

He’s already scored a goal to help Blues win one Final, and now striker Freddy Eastwood wants to replicate that feat against Crewe Alexandra at Wembley.

The 29-year old was on target at the Millennium Stadium for Blues in the League 1 play-off final in 2005.

Freddy also scored the crucial goal to send Blues to the LDV Vans final back in 2005 and he’s now hoping to go one better than that and score the crucial goal to win Blues the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

It’s all the first time, in any capacity, that Freddy will visit Wembley, so he’s understandably looking forward to it.

“It’s taken a while for the big game to come around,” Eastwood said.

“We’ve had a lot of games in between the Orient match and now. I really can’t wait for the match to start.

“I’ve never been to Wembley at all so I am really looking forward to the game.

“I scored in the final at the Millennium Stadium so it would be delighted if I could do the same at Wembley on Sunday.

“We’ve just missed out on winning this very competition twice, so it would be nice to make it third time lucky against Crewe.”

With over 30,000 Blues fans set to descend on Wembley, Eastwood says this is a day the fans are worthy of, and he’s well aware of what the day, and a win, would mean to them.

He added: “The fans deserve it.  We haven’t done as well in the league this year and this is a nice bonus for all the supporters who have been disappointed in what they’ve seen from us this season. I know what a win on Sunday will mean to all the fans. 

“We won’t give up on the play offs and hopefully a win at Wembley will help us out a bit and we can gain a bit of momentum from it.

“Bringing 30,000 down to Wembley is fantastic. It’s great support and we want the backing from the stands to help us get the win for Southend United.”

“I’ve scored at some big stadiums and scored in some big games over my career, goals against the likes of Manchester United and of course, in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium so hopefully I can do it at Wembley too.”

Freddy wants to make sure that there are no regrets after the game, admitting that the older he gets, the more the major games mean.

“I’m a bit older now, so every big game I play in I value a bit more.  I have the kids growing up so they’ll be watching.  Fingers crossed it’ll be a great day for everyone,” he added.

“I’ve got a minibus full of mates and family coming down to watch the game so there’ll be a few that’ll be coming down to support me.  It’ll be great but as a team, we have to make the occasion worth it.”

An exclusive interview with Freddy is available on Blues Player


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