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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden Bristol City Reaction

The striker bagged the winner in the 92nd minute…

7 November 2021

Match-winner Matty Godden reflects on his two goals and yet another stoppage time winner at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

After going a man and goal behind in added time of the first-half, the Sky Blues got their just rewards in the dying minutes of the game when Matty Godden fired home for the winner.

The striker pulled City back into the game shortly after the restart, with goals from Andreas Weimann and Callum O’Hare levelling the tie before Godden grabbed his second to seal all three points.

After notching his sixth goal in six starts, Godden reflected positively on the match and praised his team-mates for the resilience shown against Bristol.

“It’s what we’re all about- character.

“We were just lining up for the second half and I said to Cal, ‘if we score here, we’ll win the game’ and it really reminded me of Portsmouth away.”

“Obviously we got the penalty, conceded a soft goal, but you have this feeling with the boys we have, and the character we’ve got, that we’re going to come back in the game.

“Today had that extra buzz about it, with the circumstances, us being down to ten, we played well first half, it was that final little bit not there, but we come back to character, what have you got and we know what we’ve got in our dressing room character-wise, and we’ve come out and shown it.

“Credit to the lads, a lot of teams would sit in, but we didn’t want to sit in, that’s not our game, we like to get the ball and dominate it, it didn’t feel like ten against eleven, but that just shows the character, we definitely deserved it.

Godden mentioned how the chance for his second fell perfectly to him and how his work on the training pitch gave him the edge when it came to scoring the winner.

“I always say that I back myself to score when I play and getting in those positions is what I like to do, I back myself more often than not.

“The second goal is a goal that comes natural to me, I practice that finish every day in training and that was the exact finish I got today.”

In between all the celebrations, Godden could be seen sporting a moustache in support of ‘Movember,’ an annual event to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.

Matty and several other Sky Blues players and staff will ‘Grow a Mo’ through the month of November and Matty spoke a little on what the initiative means to him.

“Amy, my wife, is not going to be happy with this [the moustache] because she knows how superstitious I am, but I said to the gaffer it’s going to have to stay for a long time.

“If I score by the end of November, with this moustache, it will be here in December.

Having lost his mother to cancer in 2019, Matty has been raising money for Movember and touched upon his efforts, so far.

“I’ve done it before, but not as serious as what I take it now, we did it as a team at previous clubs, but this is the first year I’ve taken it seriously.

“I’m giving away a pair of boots, free of charge to whoever donates and I’ll draw it at the end of November, its a different type of awareness I’m raising compared to if it was for my mum, but its men’s health and it’s just as important, I’m going to use my platform to raise as much as I can for them.

Links to donate can be found in both Matty’s Instagram and Twitter bios.


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