FOOTBALL-No way I was missing Wednesday’s clash, says Garrick


LONDON, CMC – Gutsy Jamaican Jordon Garrick said he had to overcome a groin injury before scoring the game’s only goal as Forest Green Rovers recorded their first win in more than three months of football after turning over English third-tier giants Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Garrick, who has not completed 90 minutes in any game since joining the club in January, provided a deft finish from Dominic Bernard’s low cross in the pivotal moment in the match in the 35th minute, before being forced off after 74 minutes because of an injury he picked up.

The former Swansea City winger, who moved to England from Jamaica as a child, has settled well into the surroundings in Gloucestershire, having cut short his loan spell with Lincoln City to join Rovers’ relegation battle on an 18-month deal, netting four times to add to one he scored at Lincoln early in the season.

Having scored a tap-in against Exeter City on his debut, he followed that up with a long-range stunner against Shrewsbury Town, a snapshot against Bristol Rovers, and now a poacher-like finish against one of League One’s top teams.

“I was carrying a groin injury, but we managed it. We came in early and did a fitness test, but there was no way I was missing the game today [Sunday],” said Garrick after the game.

Sunday’s win was the first at the club for head coach Duncan Ferguson, a former Everton star since he replaced Ian Burchnall in late January.

And the win at the New Lawn renewed hopes the basement club can avoid relegation back to League Two, which they won last season despite still being 11 points from safety.

“It shows that we can get results,” the Scot said.

“We deserve more than we have got. Today, you could see how good the shape was and how hard the players worked.

“Anything is possible. There are [eight] games to play and win, and if we can play like that in every game, then why can’t we win them all?

“I think everybody deserved that today (Sunday), the boys put in an incredible shift, and it was a proud moment for myself and the fans to topple one of the big boys in the league.”


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