Youngster speaks on Chesterfield win
JACK SAMPSON was delighted to score his first Globe Arena goal as the Shrimps fought back to defeat Chesterfield in dramatic fashion on Saturday writes ADAM WOODHOUSE.
The former Bolton Wanderers trainee scored 19 minutes from time to bring the scores level, after he latched onto the end of a Ryan Williams’ free-kick.
It was the second time Sampson has found the back of the net in a Morecambe shirt following his outstanding long range effort at Southend and the powerful striker could not hide his joy at scoring and setting up the winner.
He said: “It was great, especially in front of them fans at that end, they’re a little bit crazy but hopefully there’s a lot more to come.
“I’ve been told by a few fans that I was getting pulled down and I’d been pulled a few times but the ref’s not been giving it but I’ve just reached it and I’m happy that it went in.”
On his assist for Padraig Amond's winner, he added: “The only thing in my mind was to look for big Kev [Kevin Ellison] and Podge [Padraig Amond] and thankfully I’ve picked one of them out and it’s happy days!”
The 4-3 victory over the Spireites continues the Shrimps’ unbeaten start in home surroundings and moves them up to sixth place in League Two.
Sampson admitted to being in shock after the extraordinary win that saw the Shrimps’ climb the table, while the former Accrington Stanley loanee believes inspiration handed out by his manager and an early goal in the second-half were the key reasons behind their success.
He said: “To be fair it was pretty quiet [at half-time], everyone was taking everything in and just having a little minute and a thought and then the gaffer comes in and does what he does best and we went out raring to go.”
He added: “I think the first goal was nice and early, it was at the perfect time and when we got two after that we knew we could do it.”
The England youth international gave special recognition to the Morecambe fans after the fight-back but believes his new side still have room for improvement with the Shrimps’ having to come back from a goal down for the fifth time in 10 games.
He said: “We need that every week and they’ve been giving us that because they know we can do it and now we’ve come from behind four or five times, so we’re looking to work on the first-half performances and push on from there.”