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Townsend's target

Posted on 5 March 2015  - 09:00

Andros Townsend reflected on his fine strike against Swansea and admitted: “I know I need to score more!”


The flying winger produced a moment of magic to convert what turned out to be the crucial third goal as we returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Picking the ball up deep, Andros ran full 60 yards to Swansea’s penalty area before checking back onto his right foot and curling into the far corner.

That put us 3-1 up on the night after earlier strikes from Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason and we needed it because having controlled the second half, Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for Swansea in the final minute and that set-up a nervous three minutes of added time where Hugo Lloris made a fine save from Federico Fernandez to secure the points.

It was Andros’ sixth goal of the campaign in all competitions but his first in open play after converting five out of five penalties.

“It’s no secret that I need to add more goals to my game, to hit the target more and that was good for my confidence,” said the England international.

“I was looking for Harry Kane’s run but the defenders left me and went to him, so I thought I had to go on my own and thankfully it went in this time and that set us up for a great win.

“I’ve scored a few penalties this season but it was good to get a goal from open play and that will give me the confidence to score a few more between now and the end of the season.”

Another player who is determined to add more goals to his tally is Ryan and the midfielder weighed in with his first Premier League goal for us to restore our advantage on the night.

“I’ve played with Ryan since the age of nine and every season, he scored 20 goals,” added Andros. “That’s a part of his game he wants to add and he has a fantastic strike on him, so hopefully he’ll now go on and score a few more goals this season.”