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On-loan Watford defender Tommie Hoban discusses his first Blackburn goal

“I Was Delighted – I Haven’t Scored In Ages!”

  
    

The scorer of what could be a crucial goal in Blackburn’s fight for Championship survival, Tommie Hoban revealed his strike against Nottingham Forest was the reward for lots of hard work in training.

Hoban’s 78th-minute header clinched an important 1-0 win over fellow relegation contenders Forest on Good Friday, and the on-loan Watford defender admitted he’s been working on his attacking threat of late.

“Usually I never do any work on that but recently I’ve been thinking to myself that I need to start scoring a few more goals,” said Hoban, speaking to watfordfc.com.

“I’ve got to be a bit more of a threat in the box when I’m going up for corners, and I had actually been working on it about a week or so earlier.

“I practiced it and I got the chance not long after that, and thankfully I was pleased to see that it did go in the back of the net.

“I’m going to keep working on that after training and hopefully it will help me get a few more goals and help the team get a few more points.”

Hoban scored the winner against a Forest side now just one point ahead of Rovers in 21st

It was Hoban’s first goal since October 2012, when the then 18-year-old scored against Charlton and Cardiff during the early stages of Watford’s 2012/13 season.

“I was delighted – I haven’t scored in ages, not since my first proper season at Watford when I got a couple, so to get back on the scoresheet was a good feeling,” said the Hornets’ Academy graduate.

“I scored a couple in my first four or five games for Watford and literally none since then, except for one or two for Ireland Under-21s.

“Scoring the winner in a proper first-team game in front of a big crowd, and in such an important game for us, was a great feeling.

“To come away with three points was the main thing we wanted and desperately needed, and I’m just hoping we can get a couple more wins now before the end of the season to keep us up.”

Hoban celebrates scoring the opening goal during Watford's 2-1 defeat at Cardiff

Hoban has now featured six times since returning from a shoulder injury last month, and the 23-year-old says staying fit and helping Rovers avoid relegation are his targets for the rest of this season.

“I’m delighted to be back playing football and I’m feeling quite fit and strong. It’s probably the best physically I’ve felt in a while, so I’m hoping to carry that on now until the end of the season,” said Hoban.

“It’s been very disappointing, with the injuries that I’ve had, because every time I seem to just be getting going I’ve unfortunately had a little bit of a setback, but I’m hopeful now that those injuries are behind me and I can kick on with my career again.

“Coming back into a very tough situation at the bottom of the table is something I haven’t experienced before at Watford. It’s very tough and I’d much rather us not be in that position, but I suppose in some ways it can make you tougher as a footballer.

“I just want to keep playing as many games as I can, help keep Blackburn up and then if I can keep myself fit going into next season, hopefully I can make an impact at Watford, which would be great.”

    
  

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