Jessy Reindorf can make big impact at Gigg Lane
THE sight of a clearly shell-shocked rookie Jessy Reindorf standing with his arms aloft, not quite knowing how to react to his thunderous debut goal for Bury was a fitting end to what was a crazy night.
A fever took hold of this thumping second-round Capital One Cup tie as six goals flew in in the final 20 minutes.
But the cherry on the cake was the Rwandan international’s 35-yard rocket, which brought fans in all four corners of Carrow Road to their feet.
Norwich’s own goal hero, Johan Elmander, admitted that in his own illustrious career he had never scored a goal to match it.
“That was a really nice shot,” said the Swedish international, who bagged two goals on his own debut for the Canaries.
“I was standing in line with it and I saw how the ball was wobbling – up and down and to the left and right – so that was a nice shot.”
The shock quickly made way for jubilation for the 22-year-old striker, who set up the goal with a decent first touch before letting fly into the top corner.
It was a goal and celebration that gained him respect in the dressing room, as Bury midfielder Andy Procter described.
“The lads have all given Jessy a round of applause,” he said.
“To come on and score a great goal like that in front of all those people is a special moment for him.
“He’s quite a quiet lad in training, he’s just getting used to the language and stuff, but that will do him a world of good.
“He’s got some fantastic attributes. He is a big strong boy and I think he will be a top player for us if he puts himself about like he did tonight.”
Of course, those attributes are what first attracted him to Shakers manager Kevin Blackwell, who, while leading the praise for his new recruit, was quick to temper the expectation surrounding the fans’ new cult hero.
“We know he can shoot, let me tell you, we’ve had him in training, but haven’t wanted to throw Jessy on in any other situation,” said the Bury boss.
“He’s as raw as they come but he wants to work really hard.
“He’s been out every afternoon working on the ball into feet. His first touch when he came on was sublime and he seemed to grow in confidence.
“I think his header hit the bar in the lead up to one of the goals (Anton Forrester’s opener) and then, as he shaped up, he hit it. We know he can hit it, but my word, to see that end up in the back of the net...
“Every person in this ground stood up and applauded it, it was that good. That said it all.”
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