Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj says his first goal for the club in Tuesday’s draw with Burnley was a special moment for him and his family.
The American found the net for the first time since arriving at The City Ground in June 2013 and celebrated with a run all the way along the touchline in front of The Peter Taylor Stand.
And the defender admitted he was relieved to finally get the monkey off his back.
Speaking to Forest Player HD he said: “I was due a goal and I’m glad that it came. I’ll get the shirt framed and put up in my house now. My family all really enjoyed it so it was definitely a special moment for me.
“You couldn’t see my face but I was screaming the whole time I was running down the touchline. I was just really happy to score my first goal and for it to come at home was extra special.
“I really enjoy playing in front of the home crowd and I get a massive buzz from that. I hope everyone comes down tomorrow because I might score again.
“Actually I probably won’t so please don’t bet on me!”
Lichaj’s strike wasn’t enough to earn Forest all three points as Burnley levelled the game in stoppage time but the defender is confident the team can rectify that with a win over Ipswich Town at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
He said: “It was a good display from us on Tuesday but it was disappointing to concede so late on. We’ve been playing the way we want to play but we’ve not been getting the results we want to, especially at home.
“I don’t think we need to change too much because we’ve been playing well at home. We just need to be a bit more ruthless up front and then keep things tight at the back.
“We need to forget the late goal on Tuesday now and bring a good performance and some goals tomorrow. Ipswich shape up really well, keep things tight and they play quite direct.
“We’ve got our instructions from the coaching staff and if we follow those then I know we will do well.”