Matty Blair's muted celebration a mark of ‘respect’ for York City
Updated 11:52am Wednesday 14th May 2014 in Sport
MATTY BLAIR admitted he wanted to "go mad" after scoring Fleetwood Town's winning goal in the League Two play-off semi-final first leg but said "respect" for York City was behind his subdued celebration.
The former Minstermen ace popped up at the far post to bundle the ball home past Nick Pope and give the Cod Army a priceless advantage at the half-way stage of the two-legged contest.
The man for the big occasion, having scored crucial goals for York in their run to a Wembley double and Football League promotion two years ago, Blair was noticeably quiet after his 50th minute strike - merely standing in front of the away supporters while he was mobbed by his teammates.
Explaining his reasoning, the 24-year-old said: "It was a muted one. I've got huge respect and feelings for this football club but I am a Fleetwood Town player and I am desperate to get them all the way. I kept it as respectful as I could but I did want to go mad, which is understandable.
"It is business. I want to score as many as I can, that's my job. I've got two in two games now and I should have had a third, so I am a bit disappointed with that. Let's make it three in three and four in four, why not?"
Blair said that City right back Lanre Oyebanjo was unlucky not to have prevented his goalbound effort from crossing the line, admitting there was a slice of fortune in the shot. He added that he would be aiming to get on the scoresheet again in the return leg on Friday.
"I was at the back post and I thought Lanre made a brilliant first block," Blair said. "He was very unlucky that it just bounced straight back to me and I just tapped it round him. I am not going to grump over that too much. I will take it and I will score again on Friday, hopefully.
"It happened very quickly. The ball came over and I hit it well enough and Banj has just threw himself in front of it and it just popped up. It happened too quickly for me even to think but it is fortunate for us."
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