12:00am Wednesday 15th August 2012
“I’VE never scored two goals in a game and it was a bit of a shock. I probably had no energy to celebrate it towards the end.”
Alan Navarro admitted his two-goal debut in Swindon Town’s 3-0 defeat of Brighton at the County Ground this evening was a unique moment in his long career.
The midfielder had scored just 11 times, at a rate of one goal every season, over the years at a selection of clubs including MK Dons and tonight’s opposition, but burst onto the scene in Wiltshire with a brace within 10 second-half minutes as he and his teammates comfortably coasted into the second round of the Capital One Cup at the expense of his old side.
After his second strike, a deflected effort which looped over Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, Navarro seemed somewhat taken aback, and he conceded in his post-match interview that he was a little stunned by his own achievement.
“It was a strange feeling when the second goes in and we go 3-0 up against Brighton, my old team, it was a strange feeling,” he said.
“I don’t think I will (sleep). I think I’ll be up all night texting and on the phone and watching the goals.
“I haven’t got Sky so I’m going to struggle sitting in the hotel but I’ll get someone to send it through to me.”
Despite his significant contribution to the victory, Navarro paid tribute to the rest of the Swindon squad for their efforts against a Brighton team tipped to be amongst the challengers for promotion to the Premier League over the coming months.
“I couldn’t ask for any more. It was a great performance from the boys and obviously to get two goals – which I’m not used to in a game – has topped off the game nicely against my old team,” he said.
“It wasn’t just about my goals, it was about the whole squad and the whole team and we performed to a point tonight where Brighton couldn’t break us down and we got our rewards after that.
“We got the goal which kills them in a way but the gaffer just said to us at half time to keep believing and we’ll win the game and I think that’s what we done.
“We got forward a little bit more and obviously the game started to open up for us and I was there at the right time. The ball just fell to me and Benno (Paul Benson, Swindon’s other goalscorer) and we took our chances.”
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