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15 December 2015

On-loan striker, Jamille Matt was delighted to get his first goal for the club in the win against AFC Wimbledon as Boro came back from behind to win 2-1 on the road.

After going into the break 1-0 down, Matt told us that the boss demanded an improved performance in the second half which they duly delivered.

“He wasn’t happy. I think he probably put it nicely there to say he had a few tough words!

“He came in and wanted us to liven up, he thought we were on top but knew we could play better and we were kind of letting them into the game rather than going on the front-foot a bit more.

“We came out second half and we were on the front-foot from the moment the second half started and in the end we got the two goals to get the win.”

Matt’s goal levelled the score early in the second half; a wonderful curling effort from a tight angle which he said he knew was in as soon as it came off his boot.

“I thought it was to be fair, as soon as I hit it I kind of ran off as you probably saw with my terrible celebration!

“As I took a touch, I looked for a pass and to be honest it opened up so I thought, ‘I am hitting this’, aimed for that far corner and it went in so I am very happy.”

As a new striker coming into the club, Matt spoke about the relief of getting his first goal.

“I am a player that is eager to please. I think I work hard for the team and that is a big part of my game but as a striker you get judged on goals and the first one is always the one you want to get to.

“It gets you off that marker and calms you down a little bit, especially when you come to a different club so I am happy to have got that now and hopefully now I can kick on and get a few more.”

Playing well and now with a goal to his name, Matt is enjoying his football again and says the rest of the squad have helped him transition into a Stevenage player.

“It was so easy to settle in, sometimes it takes a little while but the lads made me feel so welcome and I think that is why I have been able to play well and enjoy my football.

“That is what I came here to do - to enjoy my football and play well and it is a testament to them because they have been working so hard in training, we work so hard every day, do our extra bits and it is obviously paying off on the pitch now because we have got three (league) wins on the bounce so that is fantastic.”

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