Padraig Amond is already up and running in the Emirates FA Cup this season and is pleased that his penalty against Grimsby Town means Newport County AFC still have a chance of making the second round.
The Irishman, who was joint-top scorer with five goals along with Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in last season’s competition, came off the bench and fired home from the spot with 10 minutes left to cancel out Luke Waterfall’s opener.
His goal ensured the Mariners have to travel to Rodney Parade for a replay while continuing his, and the Club’s, recent history in the tournament.
“I’m pleased to be on the scoresheet, pleased to still be in the hat for the next round, which is the most important thing,” he said.
“We’re just unlucky we didn’t win the game, disappointed we didn’t win the game but if you can’t win make sure you don’t lose so it was good character from us.
“Even towards the end everyone was chipping in defending, making sure nothing goes in the other end.”
Despite being the Club’s top scorer this season, Amond found himself on the bench for the trip to Blundell Park but insisted he had no issue with the manager’s decision.
“It’s the gaffer who makes the decisions, he’s paid to make those decisions,” added Amond.
“No matter what I’ll do a job whether it’s coming off the bench or starting. The important thing is there is no sulking.
“We have a good relationship. He told me his decision and that was it.
“All I was doing was concentrating on making sure I knew what was happening on the pitch and encouraging the two boys who were playing up front.
“It’s an important job to be that supporting player as well, because you need to be coming on and making an impact.
“And I think any time anyone has come off the bench this year, the majority of times they’ve had an impact because there’s been no sulking and that’s really important.”
Amond may be back in the starting line-up for tomorrow/tonight’s Leasing.com Trophy fixture at Cheltenham and will be looking forward to the FA Cup replay against his former club Grimsby, with details still to be confirmed.
Maldon & Tiptree await the winners in the second round.