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Cullen: Waited A Long Time For That Goal

Striker Pleased To Find The Net Again After Injury-Hit Year

12 August 2018

Mark Cullen was relieved to end a torrid time with injury problems by scoring his first goal in over 12 months against Portsmouth.

The striker, disappointed to see his effort initially go down as an own goal, found the net in the 82nd minute and almost equalised in added time but for an offside call.

“You wait a full season for a goal and people try and take it away from you. It’s scandalous. It was a big kick up, Armand’s challenged the defender and I’ve got on the wrong side of their defender, the right side for me, and lobbed it over the goalkeeper,” he said.

“It’s really good, personally, to get a goal, it’s been a long time coming and I won’t have anyone try and take it away.”

The late rally from The Seasiders, who lost the game 2-1, says a lot about the character in the side to try and recover like that in a week where manager Gary Bowyer departed.

“I was just coming on as they scored the second, which made it a bit harder, but I thought we gave it a right, good go near the end and were very close to getting at least a point there.

“It’s not a good result because we got beat and that’s not what anybody wants, but we’ve had a tough week as a team, and to show that kind of grit and determination to carry on and keep going to the very end shows a lot about the group we’ve got,” he added.  

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