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Gillingham striker Cody McDonald scored in injury-time to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Priestfield

04 January 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Cody McDonald celebrates scoring the winning goal Picture: Barry Goodwin

Cody McDonald recalled the “magical” feeling after hitting Gillingham’s match-winner on Friday night.

McDonald was in the right place at the right time, when Jake Hessenthaler’s corner dropped in the box, smashing home the ball to make it 1-0 Gills.

It was McDonald’s ninth goal of the season and the second time in six days that he had scored at Priestfield in stoppage time.

“It was magic,” he said. “Wolves are a great team and we had to dig in because the conditions weren’t great and the pitch was quite heavy. We stuck to our guns and maybe deserved it in the end.

“The crowd lifted us when we got given the corner and it fell for us in the box for once. I saw Leon Legge just coming infront of me and it hit one of their player’s shins and fell to me nicely. I got a good connection and it hit the back of the net thankfully.

“It was great to get the winner at the end.”

Cody McDonald pulls the trigger in injury-time Picture Barry Goodwin

Cody McDonald pulls the trigger in injury-time Picture: Barry Goodwin

And it wasn’t just the 7,758 fans inside Priestfield who saw the goal, as it was being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

“That does make it extra special but at the time you don’t think the cameras are there,” said the former Norwich and Coventry striker.

“It was just like a normal day at the time. But I guess it does make it more special that my family and friends were watching back home and so it’s a good feeling.”

Wolves would have gone top with a win and went into the game as hot favourites.

But McDonald said: “I am not sure if they would have been 100% up for it coming to Priestfield because we have been doing well here recently.

“They are a great team and they have some decent players in their squad, with a great manager.

“They had a lot of possession in the first half but we kept our shape well and hit them on the counter a couple of times. Maybe we could have done a bit better in the first half on the counter, but thankfully something has fallen in the box for us late on and it was late enough that they didn’t have the opportunity to go down the other end and score.”

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