TRISTAN Abrahams always trusted in his ability when he was summoned from the bench to take a pressure spot-kick to equalise against Crawley Town on Tuesday evening at Rodney Parade.
The visitors had taken the lead through a penalty of their own, scored by Ashley Nathaniel-George, but with 15 minutes left on the clock the Exiles were awarded a penalty and Abrahams replaced Joss Labadie and faced Glenn Morris.
The attacker beat the Crawley ‘keeper to notch his fourth goal of the season with his first touch of the game and extend the Club’s unbeaten league run at home to 15 games.
To add even more pressure, Padraig Amond picked up the ball and handed it to the 20-year-old but the striker admitted it was an arrangement that both players knew about.
“I always back myself from the spot, I would say I am a confident penalty taker,” said Abrahams.
“Coming on I knew I was going to take the penalty so it was just pick a spot and go with it and luckily it went in.
“I appreciate it from Podge. It was pre-arranged, he knew I was coming on to take it.
“I appreciate it, especially with the form he is in, for him to actually give it over to me and it shows the group that we have here.
“Everyone plays for each other and the team. We’ve got a tight-knit group in there and everyone is here to do a job for the team.”
The night almost got better for the youngster but he was denied by the woodwork and a superb save from Morris.
“I had two opportunities, I hit the post and the keeper saved off the line.
“I back myself to score both of them but tonight they didn’t go in.
“I’ve got to practice on it and hopefully they go in next time.”
Abrahams will be hoping his cameo will be enough to make the starting XI on Saturday when Newport County AFC travel to Colchester United.