Fleetwood striker Ged Garner thrilled to get off the mark and seize his opportunity

Ged Garner didn’t care how it came about but was the Fleetwood forward was glad to open his League One goalscoring account on Tuesday night.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 8:00 am

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Garner, starting only his second league game, seized on a headed clearance for the opening goal and set up Callum Camps for the second in Town’s 2-1 victory at Lincoln City.

The 22-year-old’s only previous Town goal came in an FA Cup win at Alfreton Town two seasons ago and he said of his Sincil Bank strike: “It was a cross in and I anticipated the second ball.

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Ged Gerner on the ball for Fleetwood at Lincoln where he scored his first league goal

“It fell to me perfectly and I just thought about getting a good contact, then I’d see where it goes. Luckily it went into the back of the net.

“I’d like to think I’ve got different finishes in my locker and I’d like to think I’m a good finisher, so any ball will do.

“I’m just happy to get off the mark – any goal in anyway, even a tap-in. As long as I’ve scored I’m not too fussed.”

Garner, who was recalled at the turn of the year from a loan spell with non-league Gateshead, felt he had a chance to make an impression at Highbury with Simon Grayson taking charge.

There was a clean slate for the Fleetwood academy product, who was always confident he would be rewarded if he worked hard and showed his quality.

Grayson handed Garner his full league debut in Saturday’s draw with Accrington Stanley and he was delighted to keep his place.

Garner added: “When the manager came in, he said, ‘If you impress in training you’ll get a chance.’

“So every day in training I went in to impress. I’ve been close in the past but not quite got it. I’ve come off the bench few times.

“When a new manager comes in, you know it’s a fresh start.

“As soon as he walks through the door you have to impress in training.

“That’s what I’ve done and luckily enough I’ve taken my chance.”

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