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25 August 2013

Striker Cody McDonald talks us through his first league goal of the season.

Speaking after the Gills battling draw at the County Ground goalscorer Cody McDonald told us how pleased he is to have netted his first of the season, “On a personal note it’s great but obviously the team comes first. It’s nice to get off the mark and now it’s time to push on I suppose.”

“I’m not sure if Leggy (Leon Legge) meant if but they are the sort of balls that I thrive on, you know. That put me through down the side, I managed to cut back in and it’s one of those ones when you have to make sure you hit the target. I’ve done that and fortunately the keeper went the wrong way.

“I didn’t have many chances in my first couple of games which was probably down to my own performance but I’ve got my chance today and I’ve managed to stick it away. All the lads are confident that in front of goal they’ll put the ball into the back of the net.

“Keds has proved that today and Bayo did it last week. It’s just getting ourselves in the right place at the right time. All the lads are confident it’s just putting it right out there on the pitch.”

Gillingham had to come from behind twice in the match to claim a point and Cody believes it was the least their efforts deserved, adding, “I think we did the fans proud today. We dug in and they deserved us to go and celebrate in front of them because they’ve been fantastic.

“I don’t think they stopped singing all day. In the end I think we’d take the draw having been 2-1 down so near the end but looking back on the game I think we’ll think that we could have taken all three points.

“I thought it was a fair result, we’re disappointed with the goals we conceded, especially the first one, because both times I thought we were on top of the game and it was against the run of play. That is football, we just need to deal with it, cut out the mistakes and the wins will start coming.”

Cody started the game on the subs bench and revealed he’s happy to be patient and wait for his chance to come, saying “The manager spoke to me on Friday night and said, you’ll be coming on.

“It’s worked out today, obviously I want to be starting games but it’s worked out today and the other two lads were great and have really bullied their two centre-halves. If that’s the role the manager wants me to do, come on as a sub late on, hopefully I can score a few more goals.

“If the lads are doing as well as they are then I can’t really complain. I’ve just got to keep pushing for a starting place and there’s no better way than scoring goals.”

Finally the Gills take on Bristol City for the second time this season and Cody is hoping to see a different out come than our first meeting in the Capital One Cup, “We were disappointed with that result because we didn’t feel that 2-0 was a fair result on the night.

“We just need to keep playing as we are. It’s four games into the season and the results will come. We’re unbeaten in two games and that’s a start. We’ve got a tough game next Saturday against Bristol but we’ve got to win those games if we want to do well in this League and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do.”

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