Striker Seddon sets glory goals

DRIVING FORWARD: Gareth Seddon's fighting back
DRIVING FORWARD: Gareth Seddon's fighting back

GARETH Seddon’s only disappointment about his comeback match for Fleetwood Town was that he failed to score – but the striker hopes he is saving his goals for even more important matches on the promotion trail.

Seddon may not have got on the scoresheet in Saturday’s 6-0 romp at Eastbourne, but after only one full training session in the past month the 30-year-old was delighted to return to the starting line-up.

As he aims to put his troublesome ankle injury behind him, Seddon said: “I think I set up three but as a striker you always want to score. I’m trying to claim the own goal and kept saying to the ref that I touched it.

“It’s good to be back after about a month and it’s the first real injury I haven’t been able to come straight back from.

“When we played away to Hayes and Yeading I tried to train and it reacted badly and swelled up, so I had to wait another couple of weeks.

“I was quite surprised to go straight back into the team on Saturday. I had been running all week, then I trained on Thursday. It’s still really sore but once you are on the pitch and the adrenaline is going it feels all right.”

It was Town’s fourth straight win and Seddon feels they must win their remaining four as well to keep hold of the last play-off spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

And if they maintain their Eastbourne form he is convinced they can do it. Seddon added: “In the past we’ve gone to clubs at the bottom like Eastbourne and let ourselves down, but on Saturday everyone had the right attitude. We need 11 captains to get us going and we had that.

“We should be going to places like that and winning by five or six. I’m sure some teams will go there and let the wind and hard, bobbly pitch get to them, but we are good enough to play on the floor or play the long ball.

“We proved that with some great passing and movement but the gaffer has explained that at the minute it doesn’t matter how we perform as long as we get the points.”

Helping Town to secure 12 more points before the end of the month, starting with Saturday’s home clash with Altrincham, is Seddon’s goal now.

“I have been working very hard on my own because I know it’s an important time for the team,” he added. “Hopefully I’ll get a full week of training and be even stronger on Saturday.”

And that could mean an eagerly-awaited return to the scoresheet.

“I’m sure I’ll get goals in the run-in and hopefully some more in the play-offs.Everyone dreams of being the hero at the end of the season and I’m striving to score important goals, and carry that on into the play-offs and maybe into the final.”

Interview: David Mitchell