Foz To Claim Cox's Goal

By Rob Cooper
Last updated : 29 November 2003
Nicky Forster today claimed his tenth goal of the season - without putting the ball in the net!

The 30-year-old, who remains as Reading's leading marksman, is having his name put down as the first scorer today although the goal should belong to Watford's Neil Cox.

As the clock struck the hour Cox struck the net, heading past Lenny Pidgeley as Forster bore down on him. The Watford centre-back, who missed a penalty at the Madejski Stadium a year ago, clearly was the only possible claimant of the goal yet the referee has given the strike to Forster.

Forster suggests that he got a touch on it before Cox headed it. Whilst this is indisputable, his touch on the ball was clearly not heading goalwards. Unsurprisingly the defender is willing to let the goal be written down as Forster's.

"I got a touch on the ball and then it his Neil Cox on the head and went in. I spoke to Neil after the game and he said it was my goal," said Foz to the official site in a 'he would say that wouldn't he' type statement.

"I saw somewhere that it was down as an own goal and I was disappointed because it was definitely my goal."

Rumours that Forster is trying to claim Steve Sidwell's goal because he touched the ball five minutes prior to it going into the net are apparently wide of the mark...

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