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Obika hits target

Posted on 27 July 2010  - 12:00

It's mission accomplished so far in pre-season for Jonathan Obika.

Obika hits target

It's mission accomplished so far in pre-season for Jonathan Obika.

The young striker was determined to make his mark in our early friendlies and has done so with two goals in four matches.

He scored our first goal of pre-season in the 4-0 win at Bournemouth before grabbing the equaliser against Sporting Lisbon in the Barclays New York Challenge on Sunday.

Entering the action just before the hour, Jon latched onto Robbie Keane's passbefore striking low past Patricio in the Red Bull Arena.

With another couple of efforts on goal it was a lively half-hour cameo from the 19-year-old - enough to snatch ESPN's Man of the Match award!

"It's always good to hit the ground running in pre-season and I've been delighted to get on the scoresheet," said Jon, who enjoyed loan spells at Yeovil and Millwall last season.

"The aim is of course to first and foremost get fit and match sharp but if I can make an impact in matches and do well in front of the manager it's always helpful.

"I love football so to be able to come out to America and train with the first-team squad is fantastic.

"I've been able to pick up so much by training and playing with the likes of Keano and Pav, players in my position, watching how they play, the runs they make, the quality of their finishing and that's given me confidence. It's gone well so far."