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Kretzschmar’s keeping grounded

10 September 2013

Max Kretzschmar says he won’t be getting carried away after scoring his first professional goals in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Hartlepool United.

The 19-year-old, who signed a new deal in the summer, has enjoyed a fairytale start to the season after making his debut as a late substitute on the opening day of the campaign against Morecambe.

He followed that up with a first start in last Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Exeter City, before grabbing both goals in the North East.

“I didn’t expect it (to play as much), but I was hopeful that if I worked hard during the off-season and pre-season then it would have happened,” said Kretzschmar.

“I don’t want to set too many targets, I just want to take it a goal at a time and if I keep getting in the positions then I’m sure I can take a few.”

The midfielder’s two goals were expertly put away and Kretzschmar revealed that he has been working hard on his finishing.

He said: “Matty (McClure) and all strikers obviously do it, but me and Josh Scowen do a lot after training.

“I’m just happy it’s come off and the one outside of the box I practice a lot. It’s brilliant to score in a competitive match.”

Kretzschmar added: “They’ve (the coaching staff) shown so much faith, not just in me, but all the youngsters at the club.

“Kortney Hause was brilliant again (at Hartlepool). The youngsters are proving the engine room alongside the likes of Doherty and players like that - we’ve got the perfect blend at the moment.”

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