A night to remember for James Garner.
The teenage midfielder scored the opener for Nottingham Forest in a close match with Wayne Rooney’s Derby County – which ended 1-1 on Friday night.
It was Garner’s first goal in professional football and a moment he will forever cherish.
“The goal was a good feeling, that is my first professional goal,” Garner told Forest club media. “I have had a lot of chances this season and the ball just hasn’t gone in the back of the net. So for it to go in, it was quite fortunate as I didn’t hit the ball as sweet as I could have but I am made up.
“I know that if I can get the ball out of my feet on the edge of the box, I can score goals. I have done it growing up through the academy so when I do get the chance to have a go from the edge of the box, it doesn’t faze me and it is something that I need to keep on adding to my game.”
Goalscoring traits are great to have when you’re a midfielder. With that in his locker, hopefully Garner can develop his game and become a match-winner.
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We’ve seen Scott McTominay add goals to his game this season and it’s been a huge boost for the first team.
After an unhappy spell on loan at Watford for the first half of the season, it’s good to finally see Garner playing football and enjoying himself.