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Man of the moment Cristian Montano pleased to be contributing towards the team

18 December 2018

Having endured a fairly frustrating start to the season due to injuries, Cristian Montano is back enjoying his run in the team and most importantly scoring goals.

The Colombian kick started his current goal scoring run away to Yeovil towards the latter stages of November. A brace that evening was followed up by yet another two goals at home to Stoke City in the Checkatrade Trophy, and added his fifth in four games when he tapped in Luke Hannant's pass on Saturday.

For a player who's been in and out of the side this season due to a reoccurring hamstring injury, making 15 appearances in total which many have been from the bench, five goals is not a bad return for Montano.

Despite finding his recent form in front of goal, it's not a job done as far as Monty is concerned and is focused to keep on contributing towards the side in a pursuit to push the Valiants higher up the league table.

"It's always nice to get some goals, especially after the start I had. It's been very frustrating for myself, I would've liked to play more games, but obviously with my hamstring at the start of the season and then my knee. I just had to stay focused, work hard and believe in myself.

"The main thing was to remain motivated. Now I'm fit, I'm happy to be back in the team and contributing with some goals. I'm just happy overall.

"Hopefully I can get a few more, keep performing, get some consistency going and stay fit."

Montano has admitted that his recent form is not just down to scoring one goal to boost his confidence, but it's the trust and faith shown in him by the management staff.

Monty was rewarded for his fine end to last season with a new contract, keeping him at the club for a further two years. Neil Aspin has not been shy at singing Monty's praises, and knows what the Colombian is capable of when fully fit.

On the training field, Montano has emphasised the importance the coaching staff have played for him but also his current team mate and coach, Danny Pugh, who Monty says has been really good for him.

"I would say the belief and the confidence the gaffer has given me, and to be fair to the coaching staff and even Pughey himself who speaks to me a lot, they remind me what I'm capable of doing.

"It gives me a lot of confidence, every time in training and even before games Pughey speaks to me a lot. It's the mentality going into the games, and the way we're playing. I've got to say that the lads, for the goals I've scored, have worked the ball well to get into the areas we've got into. I've made the right run and luckily it's gone in.

"Pughey's made a big impact. He played with us last year and still plays now. He trains with us as it helps with coaching, the experience he's got because he's played at the highest level and he knows his stuff. It's good to have someone like him around to give me the confidence as well."


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