Delighted to have got on the scoresheet, Charlie MacDonald spoke to leytonorient.com following the 2-1 win against Tranmere Rovers.
Firstly, Charlie your reflections on the victory?
It was a great win and we had a few chances and probably should have scored one or two more. ‘Rowly’ [Martin Rowlands] obviously missed a penalty although he hit it well enough but their keeper guessed the right way and saved it. But we kept plugging away and we were generally first to every ball and we wanted it a bit more than they did. ‘Rowly’ delivered a great finish to make it two-nil and although they pulled one back and had a little flurry in the last five minutes, other than that, I thought we deserved the win.
You looked so relieved when that opening goal went in allowing you to break your duck for the O’s?
I was a due a little bit of luck on front of goal I think. I managed to get on the first header and the keeper made a save with his foot but I followed-up and headed the rebound over back him while he was on the floor. So, yes, I’m delighted that’s gone in and I’m just a bit disappointed about the chance in the second-half when I chased down a back pass. I saw the keeper off his line and tried to beat him but I think the ball just popped up a little bit and maybe I should have taken another touch. That’s the self-critical person I am though, I’ve scored one but always want another.
Had you started to feel the pressure of wanting to get on the scoresheet for the first time since moving here a month ago?
Of course, the longer you go without a goal, the more it plays on your mind. It’s been good though that the performances of the team have been very good. It’s ok putting in an individual effort and a shift for the team but as a forward, you naturally want to score goals and now I’ve managed to get off the mark today. It’s a great win against a team that are top of the league and who thoroughly deserve to be there over the course of the season so far. But we’ve shown that when we are on our game, we are a good side. Everyone works hard for each other and it showed out there and it’s a great win for us.
There’s quality showing throughout the side and also on the bench?
The manager has obviously dipped into the market and brought in some players who are going to provide plenty of competition for places and with Kevin Lisbie on his way back as well, we’ve got a lot of competition with players who are able to come in when necessary and take over the baton and pick up where the other lads left off. That’s good because we are a squad, not just eleven players and we need the whole squad throughout the season because this is a hard league and you need everybody to play their part.
You’ve signed a contract until the end of the season, would you like to extend that stay?
Definitely, I’ve been welcomed with open arms by the manager and the lads and everyone involved. The crowd have been great as well and I’m really enjoying my time here at the moment. Long may the goals keep going in and we keep winning games and become successful. I’m sure if that happens, we’ll be sitting down towards the end of the season and hopefully discussing a more permanent contract.