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James-Wildin: "A surreal moment"

1 September 2019

Luther James-Wildin said his spectacular strike that put Stevenage ahead against Macclesfield Town was 'definitely the best goal' he has ever scored, but not coming away with all three points took away some of the gloss on what should have been a perfect day for him and his teammates…

After going behind in the first half, Stevenage rallied in the second to equalise through Kurtis Guthrie before James-Wildin struck a Goal of the Season effort to make it 2-1.

“It was definitely the best goal I have ever scored. I was hoping it was going to be the winner, but unfortunately, it didn’t plan out that way.

“At the time I thought it was it. It had that feeling around the ground. The crowd was absolutely buzzing, and it just felt like this was going to be the turning point. But unfortunately, the penalty just killed us and we weren’t able to finish the game as well as we would like too.”

Not usually associated with goal scoring, James-Wildin admits he wasn’t sure how to celebrate but that he hopes the strike is a watershed moment going forward and that he can continue to contribute more in attacking areas of the pitch.

“Today is a real boost in confidence for me and hopefully I can kick on and score more goals in the future for this club. I just took the touch and I was like, 'this is the moment' and just went for it. It is just a gut instinct; you go for it and hope for the best.

“It was a bit of a surreal moment. I just went for it and started celebrating it. I didn’t even see it go in the back of the net to be honest. "You can probably see by my celebration that I am not used to doing it and it just a big adrenaline rush and I loved every minute of it.

“They (his teammates) are all happy for me but also gutted that we didn’t get the three points at the back of it.”

A cheap penalty meant that the match didn’t end how Boro would have wanted but James-Wildin believes that the team are heading in the right direction.

"It is just one if those things, that’s just our luck at the minute. We were the better team for the first and second half to be honest. One lack of concentration, one slip up and it can cost you a goal; that’s what happened in that first half.

"We know we are the situation that we are in, that goal didn’t make us drop. It has happened quite a lot this season. We are all man enough to know that a goal down does not mean you have lost the game and we came back better and stronger. We got the two goals and that should have been it, but we weren’t able to hold onto it.

“We have now ticked every box. We just got to put it together and get the three points. Once that happens, that is when the season really kicks on. Its just a matter of time, but the sooner the better.”

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