Simon Church wants Wales striking role for good
12:02pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
STRIKER Simon Church is aiming to make the Wales number nine shirt his own after his winning goal against Macedonia, writes Andrew Penman.
The Charlton Athletic front man, who qualifies for Wales through his Newport grandparents, scored his first international goal since November 2009 to ease the pressure on manager Chris Coleman.
And he’s hoping that will lead to a run of games in his favourite central striker’s position for his country, continuing in Belgium on Tuesday night.
“It was a great performance overall. I thought the boys looked a lot better, we created lots of chances and after the last few results it was good to get a win,” said Church.
“A lot of us had a chance to show what we can do and it was good that we could do that.
“The goal was great play by Rambo and Bellars and I just had to stick it in really, I had the easy part.
“It’s been three years I think, four even, but I knew if I got my chance up front I’d take it.
“It’s good to play up front because that is my position,” added the 24-year-old. “I’m not a winger but I’ve obviously had to do a job for the team in the past.”
Church paid tribute to Craig Bellamy, who retires from international football after the match in Belgium.
“Craig has been brilliant,” he said. “He’s an absolute legend. He’s been great around the camp and I’ve learned a lot from him.”
And he says that being a regular starter for new club Charlton has helped him after a frustrating few years when he was in and out of the team at Reading.
“For me the important thing is to get games at club level and I’m doing that at Charlton and I want to nail down that spot as the main striker for Wales,” he said.
“It’s been a disappointing last few years but I’ve got a fresh start at Charlton and hopefully the goals will come and the starting spot for Wales will come as well.”
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