I'll never hit a better goal, says Bristol Rovers' Oliver Norburn
Bristol Rovers midfielder Oliver Norburn says that he may well have already scored what he will eventually regard as the best goal of his career.
Norburn smashed home a 30-yard shot in injury-time at the Abbey Business Stadium on Tuesday to help Rovers claim a last-gasp point in a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham.
"I was happy with the goal, of course, but the most important thing was that it was enough to get us a valuable point," said Norburn.
"Cheltenham are in the top three, so to go there and get a draw was a great result for us. I saw the ball coming towards me, and, because it was so late in the game, I felt that I didn't have time to do anything other than have a go.
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"To see the ball hit the back of the net was just a wonderful feeling. I don't think I'll score a goal like that again if I play for another 20 years. The celebrations at the end were fantastic, but we must remember that we only got a point and didn't win the game.
"I think Tom (Hitchcock) dived into the crowd at the end, but I couldn't remember whether or not I had been booked in the game, so I couldn't risk it.
"I thought we played well, put up a real battle and fully deserved our point, if not more. It was another step in the right direction."
Norburn, meanwhile, has forced his way in to manager John Ward's plans in recent games following a spell among the substitutes.
"Ollie is getting fitter and stronger and has been working hard on his own to improve his own physical fitness," Ward said. "To be able to come up with what he did with the last kick of the game is a sign that all of his hard work is starting to pay off.
"It was an absolute wonder strike. The game and time was running away from us and Ollie had to pull something out of the bag when the ball came to him. I've seen him hit a sweet ball in training and I decided to keep him on because he has the ability to open things up with a pass."
Rovers moved to within five points of 18th-placed York following the draw and are four games unbeaten ahead of a trip to Oxford on Saturday.
"If our fans were playing for this team they would wear their hearts on their sleeves and would give it everything they have got," Ward said.
"What we have got at the moment is a group of players that are doing that for them and are representing our supporters in the right way.
"When we get results like we have in our last few games it is only right that the supporters enjoy it and have the chance to celebrate with the players that have produced those performances for them.
"We'll enjoy the feeling for a few hours, but when we return to work (today) it will be forgotten and we will be focusing on the trip to Oxford at the weekend.
"We are still in that bottom six, clawing away and trying to improve our situation. The games don't get any easier, particularly when we have three of the next five away from home."