Shorey Hoping For More Goals

Last updated : 30 October 2002 By Rob Cooper

It may have taken former Leyton Orient man Shorey seventy-one professional games to score his first career goal but the 21-year-old is hoping he can soon add to his tally.

The youngster scored the only goal of the game twenty minutes from time just when it was looking as if it was never going to go in for the Royals.

Shorey's goal, which he turned into the bottom right-hand corner after his first effort was blocked, brings him level on the top scorers charta with the likes of Anthony Rougier and Martin Butler.

However, if he is to be believed, Shorey is a regular scorer in training and now hopes to convert his many practice goals into the real thing.

Following last nights match he told "I'm really excited to have got my first goal. I scored in the reserves once when I first came here, but this is the first time I have scored for the first team.

"I do score quite a few in training - even with my right-foot - but when it's a real game I panic. My first shot with the right was pretty poor but it came back to me. I looked up and the goal was empty and I prodded it in with my left.

"My dad always used to bet on me scoring. I was about 33/1 but I don't know if he had money on me last night.

"The gaffer is always giving me stick for not scoring and I'm delighted to have finally done it, although I didn't know what to do when I scored. I just pulled my shirt over my head!"