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Ryan Brobbel's wonder-strike lifts York City
SHARP-SHOOTER Ryan Brobbel reckons his wonder-strike against Scunthorpe United is one of the best goals he has scored in his career.
The on-loan Middlesbrough winger hit a perfectly executed volley into the top corner as York City ran riot against The Iron in a 4-1 victory.
It was one of two spectacular goals for the 20-year-old as manager Nigel Worthington’s men crushed their League Two rivals helped by an almost faultless first-half performance, and Brobbel was thrilled with his contribution and hopes the boost from the display will carry on into Saturday’s visit to Cheltenham.
“I just took a chance really and the gaffer is always telling me to come into the box,” he said of his volley, his second goal of the night and City’s fourth.
“If you don’t get in the box you are not going to score and I’ve caught it sweetly.
“It’s only the third goal of my professional career so to score a goal like that is one of the best things I could have ever wished for.
“I can’t say I have scored many volleys like that before in my life – in training maybe – but it is up there.
“Luke O’Neill has got a great delivery from set-plays and I knew it was going to come in with great quality.
“I just took my chance and it paid off.”
Just a few minutes before, Brobbel had scored another impressive goal – cutting inside a Scunthorpe defender before curling a right-footed shot into the top corner.
He added of that goal and the overall performance: “There was a slight deflection on it, being honest, but it still went in the top corner and I thought all the goals we scored were high quality.
“I think we have always had it in us. In training, we have always thought the big performance was coming but everything clicked. Hopefully we can take that on to Cheltenham on Saturday.
“We need to get up the League. Last year, we had a lot more points at this time of the season so, hopefully, I can help them do that.”
Brobbel is due to be on loan at Bootham Crescent until January but both his immediate and long-term futures are uncertain with Tony Mowbray having lost his job at the Riverside Stadium.
The City loanee was a fan of the Boro legend and hopes the new boss at the Championship club will appreciate his talents – the Hartlepool-born player still hoping to fashion a career with the Teesside club.
“I need to wait and see who gets the new manager’s job,” he said.
“Hopefully, they’ll get a new manager and he will like me.
“People will have good words about me if I do well here and I’m just happy playing here at the moment and playing first-team football.
“If he (Mowbray) was still the manager he would have been here (at Bootham Crescent). I know a few of the staff were here – I was told – but he watches kids all the way up and he was a good manager.
“I really enjoyed working with him when I got the chance.
“It’s always been a club, with the likes of Stewart Downing and Lee Cattermole, for youth players. Middlesbrough don’t have the money to go out there so they do rely a lot on their youth system.”
Firstly, Brobbel believes he is receiving a footballing education with the Minstermen and is enjoying the challenges that League Two is presenting.
He said: “At the academy it’s more about development and here it is more passionate. If you lose in under-21s football it’s not so much about that as about your performance.
“I am just learning the game, really. It’s a lot more physical and I have to learn how to deal with that – I am not the biggest of lads – and it is just learning the trade.”
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