Tristan Abrahams insists there was no other thought in his mind but to pass to Padraig Amond for Newport County AFC’s stoppage time matchwinner against Crewe Alexandra at Rodney Parade.
After spending the majority of proceedings without the ball, County dug in deep to keep Crewe at bay and ultimately gave themselves a chance to win it in the 93rd minute when Abrahams was sent through on goal by George Nurse.
His striker’s instinct told him that the pass to Amond was the safer option rather than trying to chip the goalkeeper and ultimately that decision secured County all three points.
Here, read what Abrahams exclusively told iFollow Exiles following the conclusion of the game.
On the victory over Crewe Alexandra…
"It’s a massive three points. In difficult circumstances with the weather, I thought the boys dug deep – we think we should be better than our performance, but we’ll take the three points and we’re happy with that.
"It’s a weird one. You don’t really expect to complain about the heat, but it always makes it difficult to get about and play the style of football we like which is up in the opponents’ face.
"I don’t really think that should be an excuse, but we’ll improve, go again, take the result and move onto Tuesday."
On securing the win in stoppage time…
"It would probably be a little bit better if we secured the game early doors, but nothing really beats that feeling of a last-minute winner.
"It was always a pass in that situation. With the timing of the game and things like that, it would have been an 80% chance of me scoring or 100% for Podge to score.
"I thought it was only right to go with the better option and happy to get a better result from it."
On facing Premier League outfit West Ham United on Tuesday night…
"I’m really excited. Like I said immediately after the Gillingham game, for myself and a couple of the other boys as well, we’re excited because we want to play the biggest teams.
"That’s the level that we look to play at so that’s going to be another test and I think all the boys are raring to go for it. I definitely am, I’m excited, and ready to go again.
"Football is always about who is the better team on the day, it doesn’t really matter how expensive players are and so on and so on.
"We’ll go out there and give our all. We’re always a difficult team to play against and if they do give us opportunities to score, we’ll take them.
"Since I’ve been here, the crowd have been amazing. Even at the end there, for me personally, it was them that kept me going. Having them behind us does help us massively so hopefully they keep doing that because we’re going to need them."