Simon Cox's wonder goal at Tottenham puts the boing back into his step

25 April 2011 12:56
Main man: West Bromwich Albion's Simon Cox celebrates his late equaliser

So tell us about the man who scored West Bromwich Albion's wonder goal against Tottenham, Simon Cox

The Reading-born striker, 23, joined his hometown club aged nine but moved to Swindon in January 2008 for ?200,000 after a successful loan spell.

He scored 50 goals in 119 appearancesfor the League One side and was the joint top-scorer in all four English divisions in 2008-09 with 29.

In July 2009 Cox became Roberto di Matteo's first signing at West Brom, signing a two-year contract after a ?1.9million move.

So how did he get on last season in the Championship? He scored 11 goals, but only started 23 games and made 11 substitute appearances.

And this season? Just nine starts - four of which came in the Caring Cup. Saturday's strike was his first Premier League goal.

Unreachable: Cox's effort hit the sweet spot of the net where Gomes couldn't reach

It must have been the best goal he's ever scored? Wrong.'I've got a few like that,' he said. 'It was just one of those things -I couldn't see a pass on so I just thought: 'Oh, go for the far corner'and it went in, so I was happy.'

He's versatile but it must be nice to be playing up front again 'Definitely.That's why I was brought to the club, to score goals. Scoring so many at Swindon and coming to West Brom put a bit of pressure on.

Competition for places: Players like Peter Odemwingie have forced Cox to adapt to life away from the frontline

'Ithought I did well in my first year in the Championship and this year Iwould have liked to have played more games, but this is the way it's going to have to go.'

How did he celebrate? He went to the five-star Claridge's Hotel in London's Mayfair with his girlfriend.

'Goodstart to the weekend. Goal today. Lovely meal at Claridges. Good day all round,' he Tweeted. It's his 24th birthday this week, as well.

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