Cherries: Symes apologises for Walsall winner

14 February 2011 07:00
Cherries goal hero Michael Symes put down his Walsall winner to being in the wrong place at the right time.[LNB] Symes took his tally for the season to six when he applied a superb finish to a well-worked corner routine as Cherries registered a 1-0 win at Bescot Stadium.[LNB] The 27-year-old was on hand to convert from just inside the 18-yard box after Liam Feeney had foxed the Saddlers defence by stepping over Marc Pugh's delivery.[LNB] But while his 52nd-minute strike may have kept Cherries firmly in the hunt for promotion, Symes later revealed he had been guilty of a set-piece faux pas.[LNB] Speaking to the Daily Echo, Symes said: We've got two similar corner routines and we work on them both in training every week. There is one when Adam Smith comes forward and shoots and one when I curve my run from the back post and shoot.[LNB] The way we set up for both is similar and, to be honest, I got a bit mixed up and thought we were doing mine when actually we were supposed to be doing his![LNB] As I was making my run, I saw Smithy coming in and realised I wasn't supposed to be having a shot. Luckily for me, it went in and nobody was complaining.[LNB] You could say there was an element of good fortune about it but everyone was delighted because it was the only goal of the game and won us the points.[LNB] After I had scored, I ran over to the bench to apologise and celebrate at the same time. They knew I shouldn't have been there but they were all made up as well though.[LNB] Symes was roundly booed by the Saddlers faithful after he had tried to claim an early opener despite deliberately handling Liam Feeney's cross past goalkeeper Jimmy Walker.[LNB] But the skilful striker, who has experienced mixed fortunes during his debut season with Cherries, had the last laugh when he converted the winner seven minutes after the break.[LNB] Symes added: Everyone knows I had a bad injury and then found it hard to get back in when I was fit. That was down to Fletch doing so well and the lads winning. I couldn't really complain to Eddie (Howe) at the time and him and Jason (Tindall) were brilliant with me.[LNB] Thankfully, Bradders has taken over and has given me a chance. Hopefully, I can repay him with as many goals as possible. It is good for me having a manager and assistant who are both strikers.[LNB] They have got a lot of experience so can point me in the right direction.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo