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‘Proper striker’s goal’ is most pleasing of hitman's super double

21 August 2022

Courtney Baker-Richardson’s simple tap in was more pleasing than his stunning goal from long range, in the 2-2 draw with Northampton Town.

That’s according to manager Alex Morris, who was full of praise for the in-form hitman.

Baker-Richardson broke the deadlock at Mornflake Stadium with a magnificent 25-yarder which crashed into the top corner.

His second was an easy finish from close range after he'd taken up a clever position to benefit from good approach play from Kelvin Mellor and Callum Ainley.

Morris said: “Courtney’s first was a fantastic strike, but his second goal pleased me more because that’s a proper striker’s goal.

“He’s taken his performance levels up a notch with every game he’s playing.

“That’s four goals already for him and his stats are through the roof in terms of is contribution in the opposition box.”

The boss says his players will have to learn after Northampton fought back to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Morris added: “It’s a learning tool because we’ve gone into half-time in the lead, in four games out of five. And in the second halves, our control hasn’t been where we want it to be. But we’ll get there.

“People will no doubt say we sat back and blew a two-goal league. But I’m not for one minute having that those players didn’t deserve to win that game, because there are all sorts of ways to win games of football.

“We are still undefeated in 11v11 football and it should be four wins from four. We won’t bury our heads in the sand, of course we have to defend a two-goal lead better.

“People need to stick with us, trust us, and be proud of the fact they’ve got a group of players running around and carrying that badge with pride.

“We’ll have ups and downs along the way but as the season starts to level out, I’m confident there will be far more ups than downs.”

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