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Spot-on Craig's dream day

20 November 2013

Steven Craig says scoring in the 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra capped off the ‘perfect night’ for him.

The 32-year-old played a starring role for the Blues and gave Gareth Ainsworth’s side the lead from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half after being tripped by keeper Ben Garratt.

Wanderers added a second goal through Gary Doherty and comfortably saw time out, before proud Scotsman Craig found out the international scores upon returning to the dressing room.

“I can’t thank the fans enough for travelling up from Wycombe,” he told Chairboys Player.

“It shows their dedication and it’s great to send them home with a victory. From a personal point of view it’s a perfect night with me scoring, Scotland winning and England getting beat!

“I really enjoyed it. The plus was not so much the result, but the performance of the boys. Gaz asked for a reaction after Saturday and I think he got it, right through from Matty Ingram to the boys on the bench, whose support was second to none.

“It’s a massive confidence boost, as a striker I’m judged on goals. I’m just concentrating on trying to get my performance levels back up.

“The illness has obviously scuppered the start to my Wycombe career so far, but it’s all behind me now. Gaz gave me my chance and I’m glad that I’ve taken it.”

Craig is no stranger to success in cup competitions from his time in Scotland and he is relishing the challenge of firing the Chairboys further in this year’s FA Cup.

He said: “The Scottish Cup was really kind to me so it’d be good to have a good FA Cup run down here as well.

“Gaz has told me it’s the biggest cup competition in the world, which I’d have to debate!

“I had three semi-finals and a final in the Scottish Cup so I’d love to get to the latter stages of the FA Cup.”

Ainsworth restored Craig to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s game and was rewarded with a fine target-man performance from the former Partick Thistle and Ross County man.

Blues’ boss said: “Stevie is proving to be a real good signing. Not many people picked Stevie up and I have to give credit to a friend up north for that one. He has come in and he leads the line so well.

“He does the shift work up there, sometimes other people get the glory, but Stevie really works as well. He deserved his penalty and he slotted it home well. I thought he led the line superbly.

“He’s a goal scorer, he earned the penalty and he converted it as well. I’m just happy that Stevie was confident enough to step up and slot it home.

“He’s a good guy and he’s fitted in really well. He’s obviously come from north of the border and he still thinks it’s warm at the moment!

“What a great shift from him and he deserves everything he got. He’ll be the first to admit though that he couldn’t have done that without his team-mates.”


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