All I could think was “don’t miss, for God’s sake, don’t miss! – Andrew Nelson relieved to finally get off the mark with Bairns

Saturday saw Andrew Nelson appear for the 6th time since his January switch to Scotland in the Navy Blue of Falkirk. After a few frustrating weeks of trying, the Sunderland loanee finally broke his duck with a late strike against Inverness at the weekend.

Speaking to Falkirk TV after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Inverness, Nelson said:

“All week, I’ve been told by the gaffer and by Alex [Smith] to calm myself down and be composed in front of goal; I don’t need to take the net off, basically. We have been practising this week and yesterday I got a couple of balls after training and stuck them away – not as close as 5-yards, but, the same principles apply: as long as my name is on the goal-sheet, that is all that matters for me.

It was getting to the point in the match where I was thinking “it just isn’t happening for me”, so, when we broke free on the left, I knew I needed to just get into the space, and, as it was passed the space opened up; all I could think was “don’t miss, for God’s sake, don’t miss!” as, when they get the goal back, their tails are up: they have nothing to lose. They were always going to put pressure on us, so, it was great for me to take that pressure back off of us again.”

Nelson’s warm ovation from the Bairns support after his strike was “one of the best moments of his career”. The 20-year-old will be looking to kick on from here, with boss Paul Hartley keen for the forward to kick on now the monkey is off his back.

“He’s been doing everything bar scoring goals, for us,” explains Hartley to his club’s YouTube channel. “He hasn’t found that composure, but, that goal today he almost passed it into the net…we have been working hard with him, to show a bit of calmness when he is in the final third. I am really pleased for him.”

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