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Richie: The best goal of my career

Smallwood beaming with winning strike to push Rovers into the automatics

20 January 2018

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He's doesn't score many, but when he does they're usually pretty good, and the winning strike against Fleetwood is Richie Smallwood's best - according to the man himself.

Smallwood slammed home from range with just eight minutes remaining to earn Rovers a priceless three points on the Fylde Coast to move his side into the top two for the first time this season.

And Richie admitted his belting effort was the best goal of his career.

"It was unbelievable really. It's a massive three points and a massive winner," the 27-year-old beamed after the game at a chilly Highbury Stadium.

"We had to dig in in the second half and got the deserved victory in the end. I'm not sure what happened in the second half but we dominated the first 45 minutes and played very well.

"I rate the strike as the best one of my career. I caught it well and it's swerved, dipped a bit and it's sort of gone over the goalkeeper. Sometimes he saves it, sometimes he doesn't. I'm really happy it went in for me, the lads and the fans."

And Smallwood adds that now Rovers are in the top two, they have to be there to stay.

The midfielder is already focusing on the future, insisting Rovers have to continue their consistent run of form, with his goal ensuring the unbeaten league streak ticks onto 16 games.

"It's a big thing to be in the top two but we have another 19 games and another 12 or 13 wins to get as well and I think we'll be there of there abouts.

"If we do what we do then the points will continue to mount up and we'll be clear in the top two.

"We're hard to beat at the minute and are in confident mood so hopefully we'll continue in that fashion."

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