Ngog refuses to take the credit

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

DAVID Ngog shrugged off the plaudits that followed his match-winning cameo against Charlton, insisting “it was nothing special”.

The Parisian hitman came off the bench to seal three points for Wanderers with two superb strikes in six minutes but certainly did not wallow in personal accolades after the final whistle.

Ngog, who has now scored four goals in six games since Dougie Freedman’s arrival as manager, was just happy to secure three points after a hard-working performance.

“When you are a substitute your role is to make a difference and that’s what I did,” he said. “It felt great to contribute to the win.

“It shows that the whole team wins a game not just the 11 on the pitch. To keep a clean sheet was very important as well.

“We are trying to build a team that is organised. We know with the offensive players we have that we will score goals.

“We just need now to make sure there are more clean sheets to win games.”

Ngog is making a habit of leaving it late, scoring all of his goals so far this season inside the last 15 minutes.

“You have to stay ready, knowing that you can come on at any minute,” said the 22-year-old hit man, who has made nearly half of his total number of appearances in English football for both Wanderers and Liverpool as a substitute.

“When I went on, the manager did not say anything special, it was just a normal chat. He just said play my game.

“I’m a striker and my target is to score goals every time I go on the pitch.”

On the question of whether his double salvo against Charlton will be enough to earn a first-team start against Peterborough next weekend, he added: “When you are a player your job is just to play your game, play well and help the team get three points,” he added.

“It is the coach’s decision to name the team, so I leave that to him.”

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