João Pedro has demonstrated his obvious talent with goals such as the exquisite curler at Derby and a deft lob at Blackburn, but the No.10 has got into the right areas to net the simple ones too. Mooney’s place in the Hornets Hall of Fame was earned in large part thanks to his determination and tenacity so he knows how important that side of the game is too.
“It’s his desire to work for the team,” said Mooney. “To play in a front three as a number nine, he doesn’t play with his back to goal, he’s moving all the time. He has the skill and the technique to pull off goals like that one at Derby, which really was a huge goal, and then other goals where he’s getting into the six-yard box, which are finisher’s goals, and he has the confidence to take a penalty as well.
“He’s really stood up and he’s grown up an awful lot, and when you work really hard you get lucky goals that you don’t know anything about, and they just hit you and go in. I was always told the harder you work, the luckier you get.”