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Hooper ‘Relieved’ To Bag First Vale Goal

18 January 2016

Port Vale striker JJ Hooper was relieved to get his first goal for the Club against Millwall and hopes it’s the first of many.

The 22-year-old netted in the second half having come on as a substitute as the Valiants fell to a 3-1 defeat to Neil Harris’ side.

Speaking to the press following the match, the forward was delighted great to get off the mark but said he would have much preferred it to have been part of a win.

“It’s a relief, I’ve come on here and there in the last couple of weeks but obviously it’s a relief to get my first goal,” he commented.

“It would have been nice if it was a goal in a win but we’ll have to move onto next week now.”

Having watched the first half of the match from the bench, Hooper felt Vale just weren’t up to their usual standards at The Den.

“We came out with a game plan to make it difficult to them but it didn’t work today and we’re disappointed at the end of the day,” he added.

“We just weren’t ourselves today, compared to Blackpool last week I just don’t think we were ourselves.”

Rob Page’s side improved in the second 45 minutes, especially after Hooper’s goal, and the striker thought that was down to a more positive mindset.

“We were a lot more positive after the first goal went in, we had a couple more shots on target,” he concluded. 

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