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6 January 2014

Cody McDonald delighted to bag late goal as Gills sink Wolves at Priestfield

Gills striker Cody McDonald said it was a great feeling to net the late winner against Wolves on Friday night after a 1-0 win at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

After losing 4-0 at Molineux earlier in the season the Gills were out to prove a point, and after a complete team performance the striker took advantage of a loose ball in the dying seconds to smash home and clinch all three points.

The win puts Gills 14th in Sky Bet League One, and Cody was delighted to see the squad rewarded for their efforts.

He said: “It was magic, Wolves are a great team and we had to really dig in.

“It was a great feeling, the crowd lifted us when we got a corner and for once it fell for us in the box.

“It went over my head and I saw Leggy come in front of me and as I turned around it hit one of their players on the shin and fell to me nicely. I got a good connection and it hit the back of the net thankfully.

“It was great to get the winner and I thought we did well. It was late enough they didn’t have the opportunity to go down the other end and score.”

With the team having conceded a couple of last minute goals in previous matches against Leyton Orient and Walsall, Cody admitted it was good for the hosts to get one themselves late in the day.

He added: “I’m not sure if they would have been 100% up for coming to Priestfield because we have been doing well here recently but they have got some great players and a great manager.

“It was only last week I was saying it was getting a frustrating to keep conceding late goals – I know we got the late equaliser last week but it was good for it to be the winner.

“We got a good clean sheet; the Manager has been after that for a long time now and overall all of the lads were brilliant and it was a solid performance.

“People wrote us off before the game I’m sure. If you look at our record against the teams at the top of the league it’s probably not too bad so we just need to up our game against the teams in and around us.”

The striker says he is benefiting from a consistent run of games, and believes it can only be good for the team with a handful of strikers capable of scoring goals.

He added: “I feel good at the minute; it always helps to have a nice run of games. That’s probably seven or eight I have played in a row which obviously helps and if you’re scoring late on people will say your fitness is good, I feel sharp and we have a nice little result before next Saturday.

“To have two people near the double figure mark and Bayo having five or six is a good sign for a team that is just below half way.

“We are all scoring at the moment which is great for the team and I’m sure that gives the rest of the players’ confidence that we are taking our chances and hopefully that keeps going.”

You can watch Cody’s post match interview by clicking here.

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