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Beckford: I didn’t miss it, he saved it

Jermain Beckford is up and running with his first goal in a Bury shirt though following the game, it was the three points that were most in his mind.

6 August 2017

“It's three points and a goal, though obviously, it should have been more goals. It was a good performance overall and Walsall did push us right to the limit, but ultimately, we stuck together really well and worked as a unit so I’m very happy with the outcome.

It was a tough game, though we expected a tough game.  We knew that Walsall are a pretty decent team once they get into their stride.  We had to stay resolute and keep it tight and we worked really well together.”

Goals are obviously a major part of Beckford’s games, though when asked about the penalty, he was quick to point out that his penalty was not missed – but saved. 

“It’s good to get off the mark with the goal, but I should have been off the mark early in the game but their keeper made a great save from the penalty.  Sometimes these things happen.  It’s one of those things that you don’t let it affect you. I just have to get on with it, its part and parcel of football.

“I’ll still be on penalties next time. I didn’t miss it, it was a great save – that’s a big difference.  Chris Maguire also said the keeper got a hand to his penalty.  The goalkeeper made two fantastic penalty saves in one game.  It’s happened and fair play to him, he did really well and took the gamble and it paid off – twice.

“It’s one of those things. It won’t get us down, we won’t worry about it.  We will just get on with the job in hand and we ground out the result that we needed.”

With Nicky Ajose arriving at the club late in pre-season, Jermaine was asked about his partnership with the on-loan Charlton striker – a partnership that Beckford is more than happy to be a part of.

“The partnership with Nicky Ajose is working, it’s the first game of the season and everybody is still trying to work out everybody else.  It’s one of those things that given time, will become lethal.  It’s the first game and I don’t think you can read too much into anyone’s performance, especially in the first half.

“I thought we were all performing under par, no more than 65 to 70% tops. We picked it up in the second half but we had to grind it out. I’m certain that the next game and the games after that will be a lot better, the intensity will be higher and we will be much closer to where we should be.”

Bury are next in action on Thursday evening when Sunderland arrive in the Carabao Cup 1st Round tie and Jermaine just see’s the game as ‘the next game’. Though with the TV cameras at the game, and a potentially big audience, he was adamant that it’s still 11 v 11.

It's Sunderland next, that will be a different type of game, but its 11 men v 11 men.  That’s all it is.  The fact that it is live on TV doesn’t affect it at all.  It’s a camera and you just get on with it.

Having said that though, I do like a cup goal. It’s one of those things that I have been quite fortunate in my career to have been able to score goals on the TV.  It’s my job, it's part and parcel of my game.  I enjoy playing in front of people and the goals tend to come.

Jermaine was also happy to praise the fans after the game and showed his appreciation to them throughout the afternoon by stating that they have a massive part to play for the rest of the season.

“I love playing in front of crowds and I appreciate it, without the fans, we’d just be 11 guys playing football against 11 other guys on a park.  The fans are what make the atmosphere, the fans are what make football as competitive as it is.  Without the fans, it wouldn’t be the same.

“You hear people calling the fans the 12th man, they really are, they make a massive difference and we heard it on Saturday.  Our fans were brilliant, that’s the kind of thing we are going to need for the rest of the season.  Not every game will be a good day, we are going to have games where teams are on top of us and put us under a lot of pressure, but with the help of the fans, they will be there to help us through that tough period.  I have no doubt we will grind out more results and it will be down to the fans.”

Watch the full iFollow video interview with Jermaine here, or watch a teaser video below

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