Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga told his team-mates he was ‘going to score’ on the morning of his dramatic winner at MK Dons.The striker, who this season recovered from a knee injury which had kept him out since February 2015, ensured ten-man Forest ended the campaign on a high by making it 2-1 late on.
And, while many are describing it as a ‘fairytale end’ to the season, with Chris Cohen also getting on the scoresheet at stadiummk, Assombalonga says he expected to find the net.
Speaking after the match, he said: "To be fair I had a great morning – I said to the boys I was going to score. I was throwing bottles into bins from far away…I just knew from the build-up I was going to score. I just needed one chance.
"Luckily enough the keeper thought I was going the other way, he stepped that way, I shot the other way and it’s gone in.”
Assombalonga admits he was torn between celebrating with the staff or supporters when the ball hit the net, in the end opting for the latter.
He said: "My heart jumped. I didn’t know whether to run towards the bench or the fans – but I had to go round to them to show my appreciation.
"It’s made me forget about everything else. I don’t even know what’s happened in the last 14 months. I just know that I’ve scored.
"I’ve still got a long way to go but it’s good that the season has ended now - it gives me two months to rest my knee and then I’ll be back for pre-season.
"I missed the last one and it’s going to be hard but I’ve got to get through it. I might have to start a bit earlier and build myself up.
"The goal is to be 100% fit for the start of next season."