Woodrow: Turn The Corner

Monday 24 August 2015 12:00

Cauley Woodrow hopes that Fulham’s luck is starting to change after the Whites were on the right end of a late goal for the first time this season.

In our previous three Sky Bet Championship matches, goals in the 86th minute saw the Whites draw and lose at Cardiff City and Hull City, whilst a 94th-minute penalty won Brighton & Hove Albion the three points in our previous home encounter.

But it was Fulham who struck a late blow on Saturday, as substitute Woodrow rifled home in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure a deserved point against Huddersfield Town.

“I’m delighted, obviously,” the 20-year-old told the official website. “I hadn’t played any minutes in the league yet and when the Manager said I was coming on I just wanted to do the best I could, and I was delighted to get a goal for the draw.

“It’s not really the result we wanted but you’d 100 per cent take that having been losing in the 94th minute.

“We conceded quite late in the previous games and even on Saturday Huddersfield didn’t really have a lot of chances until their goal.

“We seemed to be on top at that time as well so I don’t know if it’s bad luck or whatever, but hopefully getting a late goal and a bit of luck with that draw means we can turn those into wins in the future.”

Woodrow’s only previous appearance in 2015/16 has come in the Capital One Cup, but Kit Symons brought him on with a quarter of an hour remaining on Saturday – a substitution which had the desired impact.

Dan Burn had gone up front in the closing stages and provided a neat assist for the goal, and Woodrow is hoping he’s staked a claim for more game-time following the injury picked up by Matt Smith earlier in the week.

“I just saw Dan up there, and it’s a bit like when Matty Smith plays,” the striker said of his goal. “There was a nice ball in for one of the big lads to head down, Dan headed it into my path and I managed to chest it and smash it in the net.

“Obviously it’s a bad period for Matty and he’s a big player for our team so it’s not a good thing that’s happened but in terms of me and Moussa [Dembélé], we’re both young lads and both want to play, so it’s an opportunity for us to hopefully try and get some minutes.

“I just want to play – everyone wants to play and just do the best they can. I’ve only played in the cup this season so to come on and get a goal on Saturday was really good for my confidence and obviously good for the team as well.”

Fulham are back at Craven Cottage as early as Tuesday, as we entertain Sheffield United in the Second Round of the League Cup.

The Blades are one of the favourites for promotion from League One so there’s no risk of underestimating them, but Woodrow is keen to secure safe passage in the competition and build some momentum is the process.

“It’s a big game for us,” he insisted. “We haven’t won as many as we would’ve liked this season so it’s a good opportunity for us to try and get a win against Sheffield United and hopefully then we can take that form into the league.”

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