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"As soon as I hit it I knew it was going in and I raced straight to all the fans." - Coventry City's George Thomas

3 April 2017

Scoring the winning goal at Wembley as a 20-year old academy graduate...

The Sky Blues secured their first piece of silverware for 30 years yesterday, and it was young Welsh striker, George Thomas who netted the winner.

An alumnus of the club's academy - one of eight in the match-day squad - Thomas second-half stunner sent the 44,000 Coventry City fans in to pandemonium and earned himself the man of the match award in the process.

George commented in the aftermath: "A counter attack, I’m trying to get up the pitch, Reidy has spotted me and put in a good ball. All I’m thinking about is a good first touch, I think that is what has made the goal.

"As soon as I hit it I knew it was going in and I raced straight to all the fans. It is what you dream of as a boy, even in the week when you’re dreaming I never thought this could ever happen. It is a dream come true. 

"The lads were terrific, great goal from Bigi and that starts us off. We started the second-half really brightly and to get that goal for me, it’s so encouraging."

The Welshman took his tally to seven for the season yesterday, with that decisive goal his fourth of the Checkatrade Trophy competition. 

George described the feeling of scoring the winning goal in front of the travelling City faithful, he added: "It was nerve-wracking towards the end, it just proves what character these lads have got, to stick it out and get the win. 

"Two saves towards the end was magnificent, it is just a huge victory for everyone involved. 45,000 felt like a 100,000 the way they were singing. There were terrific the whole game, I’m so glad we got the win for them. 

"Without a doubt, I still can’t believe it. I can’t put it in to words, to score in front of the Cov end and sliding towards the fans in the corner, nothing will beat it.

"Hard work, but thoroughly enjoyed it, we’ve got a big game on Wednesday now." 

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