Striker says he was always confident Southend United would have chances to beat AFC Wimbledon
Cauley Woodrow was delighted to be able to score in front of his family and friends at AFC Wimbledon, and help Blues to an important 1-0 win.
The young striker’s family and friends were watching on as he came off the bench to head home the winner from John White’s cross.
While the 19-year-old said it was great to bag his second league goal of the campaign, he insists the three points for the team’s performance was the most important thing.
He said: “I was delighted to be able to score the goal that won us the game because we deserved it for the performance the team put it.
“You have to accept that when a team goes down to ten-men they are going to sit back so we had to wait, but we always knew we would get the chances.
“That’s my second goal in the league and both of them have come from assists from John White, so I’ve got a lot to thank him for – it was an excellent cross into the box.”
Watching from the sides, Woodrow felt he would be able to get joy out of the two centre backs, and so it proved as he got in between them to head home.
“When you’re watching on the sidelines it is really important to be watching the game to see how you can make an impact when you come on,” he said.
“I knew one of their central defenders wasn’t the tallest and that if I could get in between both of them at crosses I’d have a good chance.
“When I was watching I felt we were on top even before the sending off. We had a couple of chances that we couldn’t take.
‘It was an open game before the red card but it was much tighter after it. I was just delighted to be able to take the chance I got.”
Woodrow now hopes his goal and performance has done enough to earn him a starting spot at Accrington.
He added: “It has been a tough few weeks because it wasn’t nice missing three matches because of suspension.
“Obviously the team has been doing well so the manager can’t change too much.
“Thankfully I made an impact off the bench and I’m just hoping I’ve done enough to start on Sunday.”