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NOONE: WE'VE A DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED

8 August 2015

The spoils were shared at Cardiff City Stadium as a spectacular Craig Noone goal gained a point late on. The Bluebirds’ winger then spoke to the press after his scintillating strike.

“I was delighted to come on and score, it was great to get a goal," said Craig. "I thought it might have been sneaking over but it has just dipped at the last minute and luckily it went in.”

The Bluebirds had plenty of chances but they were rescued late on by Noone, he believed it was a much-deserved point for the home side and has fully backed City stopper Simon Moore.

“I think it was massive. We deserved it. The first goal was disappointing but we will all get behind Simon now. We are all in this together and we are happy about the result.

“I’m sure (Simon Moore) will pick his head up and he’ll be fine. He’s a great goalkeeper and he puts in everything. He’s a hard worker and I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

The former Brighton midfielder had a season plighted with injury last time out and is keen to make a mends this campaign as he has got a full preseason behind him.

“It’s been a good pre-season for me and I missed the whole preseason last year," he continued. "Having a full pre-season this year has definitely benefited me. It’s been well structured by the club and the fitness coaches and that’s what I have benefited from.

“This year I am really focussed on doing the best I can. Individually I am going to try and improve performances and chip in with goals and assists. I’m determined to do better.”

The City squad are determined to put last season behind them and Noone certainly looks to have to done that by getting off the mark in the first game.

“Last season was disappointing but that’s gone now," he added. "We have come back into pre-season and we have all been focussed and determined to do well this season and that’s what we are going to aim to do.”

“I remember the last words of James Rowberry [before we went out]; he said to be positive and drive forward and I tried to take that advice onto the pitch. I remember I picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove forward, Ben Pringle slipped and I just let rip and it nestled nicely in the top corner. The feeling was brilliant.”

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