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Pigott: Free-Kick Was Always Mine

Striker delighted with last-gasp strike against Stevenage

13 December 2022

Joe Pigott celebrates scoring for Pompey against Stevenage in Papa Johns Trophy at Fratton Park
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Pigott: Free-Kick Was Always Mine

Striker delighted with last-gasp strike against Stevenage

13 December 2022

Referee Neil Hair blew the final whistle as soon as the ball hit the back of the net.

And Joe Pigott’s 25-yard free-kick was a great way to wrap up a 3-0 Papa Johns Trophy win against Stevenage.

The striker had previously gone close to scoring on several occasions on a freezing night at Fratton Park.

So he was pleased to finally hit the target deep into stoppage-time as the Blues booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Pigott said: “It was a nice way to finish the game and overall it was a really positive 90 minutes from the team.

“Ronan said it was too far out for me, but I knew it was mine straight away! We always have a battle after training about who takes them and thankfully this one nestled in the net.

"The keeper stepped the other way because he thought I was going for the other corner, but I knew it was going in."

Joe Pigott

“There was one game earlier in the season when I wasn’t playing and we had about five on the edge of the box and I was just thinking I’d love the opportunity.

“The keeper stepped the other way because he thought I was going for the other corner, but I knew it was going in.

“With a bit more sharpness and a better touch, I could have scored two or three, although I was happy with my movement.”

Pigott was impressed with the way Pompey dominated the tie against a side sitting second in the League Two standings.

He said: “We had a really decent start and managed to find some fluidity that we were able to carry right the way through.

“Any win is a good one – no matter what competition it comes in. We haven’t played that way for a while and it felt comfortable out there.”


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