Tyrese Sinclair joy reminds Stags boss of his first senior goal
Nigel Clough knows the relief and joy that Mansfield Town youngster Tyrese Sinclair will have felt at scoring his first senior goal last weekend as he can still remember his own magic moment.
In only his second start, Sinclair grabbed a crucial late equaliser against Newport in last week's 1-1 draw and the celebrations brought back warm memories for the Stags manager.
“It's brilliant to get that first goal,” said Clough.
“What you don't want is to go is five, six, seven, eight, nine, however many, games before you get one.
“If you can get one in the first couple of starts like he has done, that's brilliant.”
Clough vividly remembers his maiden goal and how dad Brian, Forest boss at the time, kept his feet on the floor afterwards.
“My first goal was after 10 games, that's how I know about it dragging on,” he smiled.
“We drew 1-1 at home to Watford at the City Ground and that was an equaliser as well.
“I felt relief as much as anything and joy that we'd got a point out of the game.
“When I got in the dressing room after the game I was obviously a bit excited.
“The goal had come from a corner where Paul Hart had flicked it on at the near post and the manager at Forest at the time told me I should give half my wages to Paul Hart for making the goal!”
Sinclair's joy at scoring his first goal last weekend was certainly shared by the rest of the squad.
“All the other players were so pleased for him as well. You could sense that in the dressing room,” he said.
“We had Jason Law come into the first team and get his first goal a few weeks ago and now Tyrese doing the same, they will all remember it as do your James Perchs, your Stephen Quinns, your Jordan Bowerys.
“The experienced players remember what it feels like when you do get that first goal. It resonates with them and that's why they are so pleased for him.
“Tyrese has had a spring in his step for the last 10 days since he made his debut at Exeter.
“He will still be disappointed he missed the penalty against Port Vale late on a few weeks back.
“But he scored his first goal in such important circumstances last week.
“It doesn't matter if you're 4-0 up and you miss a penalty. It matters when you're 1-0 down and you get an equaliser.
“It was a good goal as well. He closed their lad down so quickly, he didn't have time to clear it, and then it was a great finish.”