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Gozie Ugwu: Yeovil Town's League One climb is no surprise to me

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

COOL FINISH: Scunthorpe United keeper Sam Slocombe can only look on as Gozie Ugwu skips past him to complete Saturday’s 4-0 rout in npower League One. Picture by Mike Kunz

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Climbing top of npower League One came as little surprise to loan striker Gozie Ugwu who hailed belief instilled in the team by Yeovil Town’s management.

The Reading forward netted the first two goals of his senior career at Scunthorpe United last Saturday as the Glovers rose to the summit for the first time.

Glanford Park substitute Ugwu admitted he was just happy to first be on the pitch, let alone seal a 4-0 triumph ahead of home league clashes with Doncaster Rovers and AFC Bournemouth.

“We believe in ourselves, the coaches believe in us and they did tell us it is possible,” he said. “We put our heads together for a good shift and now we are top of the league.

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“I was buzzing to get my debut game against Coventry and now buzzing to get not only my first goal but my first two goals – hopefully the first of many.

“When I was looking at the game it looked very open and as if you could get at them. The gaffer (Gary Johnson) and the coaching staff told me to get on, running at them and make a difference, which is what I did and got two goals.”

Ugwu’s first weekend strike came courtesy of a parry from Iron keeper Sam Slocombe that fell at the feet of the striker. The second saw the Oxford-born attacker profit from a sublime James Hayter flick to skip beyond Slocombe.

Ugwu said: “You see chances like my first missed. It is not a goal until the ball is in the net and that is what I had to do. I had to concentrate on hitting the net, which seems easy but is what was needed.”

The top flight hopeful added that he was happy to do a job in whatever position manager Gary Johnson deemed fit. Ugwu started the season on the right wing before dropping to the bench in place of Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Ugwu said: “I looked more comfortable going up top and through the middle but I am happy to get out wide and do a job for the team. Keanu’s come in for me and has been great. It’s not my natural position so I am happy to go up top.”

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