Fraizer Campbell enjoyed a dream home debut at Cardiff City Stadium as his brace sealed a 2-1 victory in the Severnside derby.
After several City first half chances had gone unconverted, Fraizer was delighted to break the deadlock on the stroke of half time, saying, “Tommy Smith played a great pass into my stride for the first goal and I just had to run on to it and finish it really. It was perfectly timed just before the break as well, killing off some of their momentum.
“We were getting a bit frustrated as we had some good chances in the first half and they were either making a good save or a last ditch tackle, so it was great to get the goal just before half time. We've been working on the long throw for a while and when you get the ball in to dangerous areas someone always has a chance of getting on the end of it.”
Despite the result, former Bluebird Tom Heaton, nickname 'Bungle' also had an impressive performance on his return to the capital. Tom and Fraizer are good friends having come through the youth ranks at Manchester Utd together, which made the brace even sweeter for the forward.
“I've just been speaking to Tom as I've known him for a long time now, but it was nice to score a couple past him,” he said, “I just told him he was lucky it wasn't three! As a striker the best thing about football is scoring goals, but it’s even better when the team wins the game. I’m delighted that I’ve scored but, more importantly, we've won and continued our run.”
Having not played consistent first team football for some time, Fraizer is delighted to get some games under his belt and get back on the score sheet.
That said he isn't taking anything for granted, adding, “I didn't necessarily expect to start as the team played well last week, but when you are chosen by the manager you have to put your best foot forward and try to stake a claim to stay in the team. We’ve got a great squad here – all of the players on the bench are more than capable of coming on and playing good football.
“Hopefully I’ll be getting back to full fitness with a couple more games under my belt. Trying to play as much of every game will get me as fit as possible. As I've said, the other lads have played nearly thirty games this season already, so it’s a tough task for me to try and catch up to speed with them in just three games – but hopefully after a few more matches I’ll be there.”