Matty Godden is “delighted” after scoring a hat-trick in the Sky Blues emphatic win away at Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League One yesterday.
The striker restored City’s advantage from the penalty spot, after Adebayo Akinfenwa’s goal had cancelled out Sam McCallum’s sublime opener.
Godden added two more goals to his tally either side of half time to score his first hat-trick for the Sky Blues, with the third a fine team move that started with goalkeeper Marko Marosi.
The striker was pleased that City stamped their authority on the game early and is delighted with the victory away from home against top of the league.
Godden said: “It was nice to get three the points and score a hat-trick, in a decent team performance at a very tough place to come, against top of the league.
“It’s difficult when you go to Wycombe, especially given the way they play, but I thought the boys stamped their authority on the game early doors.
“We tried to get on the ball as much as we could, and we scored three nice goals in the first half and topped it off with a good team goal in the second half.
“The hat trick goal was a lovely move, it started with Marko at the back and we worked it through, it was a top team goal.”
Godden was also full of praise for defender McCallum, who scored a stunning opening goal at Adams Park before then winning a penalty.
“I think Sam’s goal will win goal of the day out of the two! He’s getting better and better every game and improving.
“His experience is getting there now as well, some of the balls he plays makes it a dream as a striker, when someone has got the left foot that he’s got.
“He won the penalty as well. It was about being alert and he caught their defender on his heels and nipped in to win the penalty.
“That’s where I come alive, in the penalty area, a penalty is just me versus the goalkeeper and it’s something that I enjoy.
“I’ve got to take responsibility from the penalty spot, it’s my job to score goals. It’s me versus the keeper and I like to back myself every time to score.”
The victory at Adams Park was City’s first away win of the season in the league and Godden hopes the win will spur the Sky Blues on to collect more points on their travels.
“The performances have warranted more away wins than we’ve got. We’ve now got that first one, we probably should have had four or five wins already.
“We know that we’ve dropped points away from home but we’re not going to take away from the fact that we’re fifth in the table.
“We also know that if we pick up our away form then we’re going to be right in the mix come the end of the season.
“We have to go to Tranmere now and try and make it two on the bounce.”
Having spent several weeks on the sidelines, Godden was delighted to have scored a hat-trick just a couple of weeks since returning to the side.
“I spent around 10 weeks out and slowly built my way back into the side. To score three goals, in two and a half weeks since I’ve come back, I’m delighted.
“I probably could have scored a few more at the start of the season, but where we are in the table and as at team, I’m delighted.
“I came here to try and get promoted. It’s not all about me, it’s my job to score goals and when given the opportunity, I’ll try to do that, but most importantly it’s about the team an trying to get into the Championship.
“The initial news was that I wouldn’t be back until February, so full credit goes to Paul Godfrey and his team for getting me back so soon.
“I worked as hard as I could in the gym to make sure I was ready and didn’t have to spend three or four weeks building up my fitness so I could come back into it straightaway.”
Godden now hopes to kick on after the Christmas period, after moving onto seven goals in all competitions.
“I always try and kick on after the Christmas period, especially when I was at Stevenage and scored 20 odd goals, I need to try and replicate that.
“The lads know exactly how I play now, on the shoulder of the last defender and I try and come alive in the six-yard and 18-yard box, so I’ll enjoy trying to score more goals and see where that takes us come the end of the season.”