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Matthews: Goal was my best

14 Dec 2012 07:55:00

Matthews: Goal was my best

Celtic star Adam Matthews once scored from the halfway line for Cardiff - but he classed his first goal for the Hoops as a far better strike.
                                           
Matthews lashed the ball into the top corner from 20 yards after a powerful burst forward to edge Celtic into the Scottish Cup fifth round with a 1-0 win over Arbroath on Wednesday night. The Wales international's only other senior goal came against Watford, but this was the first one he actually meant.

"I scored one but it was a lucky halfway line cross," the 20-year-old said.

"I tried to put it in the box and it bounced over the keeper's head. I didn't mean it, so I can claim this one. It was much better."

Matthews, who joined Celtic 18 months ago, added:

"I have waited a while. Luckily I caught it sweet and it went in the top corner.

"I couldn't have caught it any better and the direction of it meant the keeper had no chance.

"I have had a few shots on goal this season and been unlucky in a few games. Luckily for me that one went in and hopefully I can get a few more for the rest of the season."

Matthews set up two goals in Celtic's 3-1 win at Kilmarnock on Saturday, taking his Clydesdale Bank Premier League assists to seven for the season, and has revelled in the freedom offered by playing wing-back in Neil Lennon's 3-5-2 formation.

"I like to get forward and that formation allows me to do so," Matthews said.

"The last two games I have proved I can play both right-back and wing-back. Whatever formation we play I am happy to do so."

Celtic failed to kick on after Matthews' 19th-minute goal and Arbroath had a Steven Doris effort controversially ruled out for a foul on Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, but the Welshman was happy they managed to negotiate a tricky tie and set up a trip to Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers.

"I was on the post and it looked a foul," he said. "Goalkeepers normally get them so luckily for us he got it.

"They proved in the first game at Celtic Park that they are a good team and can cause us problems.

"It was no different, it was their home pitch and they made difficult for us. But we got our job done and that was the main thing.

"In parts it was very slippy but I think the groundsman did a good job in the conditions. We were lucky the game was on and we got the win we needed."

Matthews, who hopes to recover from a tight groin to face St Mirren at Parkhead tomorrow, now aims to concentrate on the SPL with cup duties on the back burner until Celtic face the Paisley side in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final on January 27.

"I don't think we have been at our best in the league, especially at home, so we have got to put that right in the next few games," he said.


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