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Cox on his first goal, the first win and Tuesday's game at Luton

20 August 2018

Blues striker Simon Cox delighted to get first goal and first win of the season.

Cox headed home from close range from Ben Coker's cross shortly after Tom Hopper had given Blues the lead.

Read the forward's thoughts from the win and on Tuesday's game against Luton.

How much of a relief was it to get on the scoresheet and does it play on your mind as a striker?

It’s nice to get off the mark but more importantly it’s nice to get three points and a clean sheet.

It hasn’t played on my mind this year. Last year it did because I felt like I wasn’t getting in the positions, whereas this year I’ve been doing the right things.

I was probably a little bit unlucky in the first game where the ‘keeper made a good save with his legs, against Plymouth I should probably score at the back post but I felt like I was getting there.

Today was just about being patient, sticking between the goalposts and then hopefully something would drop for me. It was a great ball by Cokes and I was able to head it home.

How much does it do for confidence?

Once I scored you saw what my second attempt was like, but I just got a little bit giddy with that. Goals breed confidence and if I’m scoring and we’re winning games then I’m happy.

And it’s good to get that first win as well…

I think our performances have deserved three points, more so in the Plymouth game. But you don’t always get what you deserve in this game.

It’s nice to get three points, climbing the table, the strikers scoring goals, the back four and the goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet, so it’s just a good feeling at the minute. Hopefully we can follow that up on Tuesday.

With Shawn McCoulsky coming in and Theo Robinson on the bench there’s good competition…

We’ve brought in some really healthy competition this year so if you go four or five games without a goal you can quite easily find yourself on the bench with the management staff. 

But, with competition, it’s what we’re all in the game for. We all want to do the best, win as a team but as long as we’re doing the right things and moving in the right direction, we’ll all be fine.

Luton isn’t going to be easy on their own patch…

Out of the 92 clubs that’s one of the grounds I’ve not played at, so I’m looking forward to going there.

I can imagine it’s a tight pitch, the atmosphere will be pretty decent so I’m looking forward to it.

You know what you get with newly promoted teams. They’re out to be hard to beat and set their stall out but we have to go there and do a professional job. We’re away from home, we don’t have to entertain, we just have to come away with the result.

Whether we adopt a different philosophy this year away from home than we do at home, we’ll draw up a game plan and we hope to implement that on Tuesday night.


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