Sampson: First Morecambe goal had been coming

Jack Sampson fires in his first Morecambe goal to put the Shrimps 3-1 up at Southend.
Jack Sampson fires in his first Morecambe goal to put the Shrimps 3-1 up at Southend.

Morecambe striker Jack Sampson admitted his first Shrimps goal had been coming after opening his account against Southend.

The big number nine fired in a stunner from 25 yards to help Jim Bentley’s side to a 3-1 win at Roots Hall - their third League 2 triumph in a row.

“I was just happy,” said the 20-year-old on what was also his first Football League goal.

“I would have taken any goal on the day because it had been coming.

“I don’t know what other people think but I think I’ve been a bit unlucky.

“I did score against Exeter but it wasn’t given but I’d take the goal against Southend over that one anyway!

“As a striker you want to be scoring goals but I’ve been trying to work hard for the team as well because that’s important part of the game.

“I’ve settled in here really well.

“I think it’s all down to the lads and how good the dressing room is.”

The former Bolton Wanderers youngster had spent time on loan with the Shrimpers and admitted some of the Roots Hall fans reminded him of the fact after the game.

“I got a bit of stick off their fans on Twitter for celebrating but there was no way I wasn’t celebrating that goal,” Sampson said.

It was a stern half-time team talk from boss Bentley that turned things around in Essex, Andy Fleming levelling Kevan Hurst’s opener in the first half before an excellent second half performance from the Shrimps made it a happy trip back up north.

Sampson said: “It was class.

“Obviously I’d seen the stats and we hadn’t lost there over the years.

“I don’t think we started as well as we could have but we got into it and the gaffer gave us a good speaking to at half-time and obviously it worked.

“We went into the game thinking we needed to up our game away from home and I think that’s what we did.”

Victory in a first-ever meeting with Newport County at Rodney Parade on Saturday would make it four wins on the spin for the Shrimps with the dressing room raring to go.

Sampson said: “We’re looking forward to Saturday.

“All the lads are buzzing and we’ll work hard to get the three points again.

“It could push us up to fourth but we’re just going to keep on doing what we’ve been doing and not get too over confident.

“Three wins on the bounce means it’s happy days.”