Southend United's Britt Assombalonga thrilled to end goal drought with winner at Wycombe Wanderers (From Echo)
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Southend United's Britt Assombalonga thrilled to end goal drought with winner at Wycombe Wanderers
BRITT Assombalonga could not hide his delight after working his way back on to the score-sheet in Southend United's 2-1 win at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The on loan Watford forward had gone 12 games and three months without a goal.
But he ended his barren run by bagging a late winner at Adams Park and was thrilled to finally see the ball hit the back of the net.
“It was a brilliant feeling when it went in and I think I let out all the frustration which had built up inside of me during the celebrations which followed, said Assombalonga, who was booked for his part in the joyous scenes which followed the strike.
“It had been a frustrating time for me getting injured and not getting goals but I knew things would change eventually if I kept on working hard and thankfully it has now.”
However, it initially seemed to be another frustrating afternoon for Assombalonga against Wycombe.
He had a first half header ruled out for offside before also having strong shouts for a penalty waved away when he went to ground inside the area while under pressure from Dave Winfield.
And Assombalonga disagreed with both of those decisions.
“I didn't think I was offside and it was 100 per cent a penalty as well,” said the 20-year-old.
“It was frustrating but thankfully it didn't matter in the end and I'm so happy.”
Assombalonga's late goal, which was his 13th of the season, pushed Blues back up to eighth in the League Two standings, just one place and two points below the play-offs.
The fight-back delighted boss Paul Sturrock and he was also pleased to see Assombalonga back on target.
“Britt looked lively today and it's good he's got a goal,” said Sturrock.
“He's had a few injuries but said the other day he's starting to feel back to his best and I think we saw that today.
“His goal won us the game and I was far happier with how we played in the second half.
“The first half was very sluggish and after the Lord Mayor's show following our midweek JPT game with Orient but thankfully we were able to battle back and get the points.
“Now we need to go and do the same when we go to Barnet tomorrow for another very tough away game.”