Morecambe match-winner Jack Redshaw said he was “in the right place at the right time” after sealing the Shrimps’ first home league win for more than two months.
The striker capped a man of the match performance by reacting quickest to score four minutes from time after Jack Sampson’s header had hit a post as Jim Bentley’s side beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
And Redshaw admitted the goal was all the sweeter as he continues to make up for lost time after missing the first four months of the season after hip surgery.
He said: “It’s been a long time, just over four months out.
“But when you come back and you’re scoring goals it’s just a great feeling.
“I’ve seen Jack Sampson head it and seen in come off the post so I just tried to react and was in the right place at the right time to score the goal.”
Redshaw’s goal was not only a personal highlight, his second since returning from injury, but also gave the Shrimps a first League 2 win at home since October 5 - the remarkable come-from-behind win against Chesterfield.
He said: “We’ve had a bit of a sticky patch at the Globe so it’s great to get the win and hopefully we can kick on and get a few more now.
“It’s probably the worst conditions I’ve ever played in, the rain was coming down and it was so windy.
“But we’re obviously really happy with the win and we move onto Scunthorpe next week.”
It was only the 23-year-old’s second start since his injury lay off and he admits he is feeling better with every game.
Redshaw said: “I feel alright, I’m getting fitter every game.
“I feel like my first touch has been good apart from one early in this game and a similar one last week.
“After the game it gets a bit sore and a bit stiff and it will probably be the same again tomorrow and then we’ll see how we get on Monday.
“I’ve just got to keep working. It was difficult to play on that pitch but I’m really happy with my performance and the team’s performance.”