Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:36 am
Collins delighted to get off the mark
“On a personal level, my goal ratio has been poor. I expect better from myself first and foremost, and I was brought to the club to score goals. No one will be a bigger critic of me than myself, so I’m delighted to get that weight off my shoulders.
Monday 22nd November 2021
Cardiff substitute James Collins expressed his joy after finally opening his Bluebirds account against Preston.
Collins was named on the bench behind youngsters Isaak Davies and Chanka Zimba at Deepdale but it was his introduction that turned the game around for Steve Morison.
It has taken 16 games but Collins was delighted to get off the mark.
“It was one of those games where you’re itching to come on, because you can see there were chances created and a chance of getting a goal," he said. "I was delighted that Morro decided to put me on at half-time, and I always knew I’d get a chance.
“I seem to always score at Preston, so I was really delighted to see the winner go in today. To get three points on the road is always more special.
“I’m so happy for the boys, because we’ve been training so hard and we’ve been through a lot, but to get an away win makes that journey home a lot more special.”
Collins has had to bide his time at Cardiff City Stadium and he revealed that Morison has been upfront with him over why he hasn't been starting games.
“Everyone knows that players want to play – I certainly did – but I spoke to Morro and he explained to me why I wasn’t starting, and I respected his decision," he added.
"I told him that I’d be ready whenever he needed me. I’m just really glad I can repay him with the winner.”
He continued: “It’s been like a fresh start. He’s given us confidence to go out and play, and has given us a different style of play. The lads have really bought into it. I think we could have scored three or four in the second half.
“Getting four points from the first three games gave the team confidence as well, and I think we’ve carried that on after the international break. We’re going to rest up now and go into the game on Wednesday full of confidence.”
For the 30-year-old, getting his first league goal for the club is an important milestone and one that's been weighing on his mind.
He said candidly: “On a personal level, my goal ratio has been poor. I expect better from myself first and foremost, and I was brought to the club to score goals. No one will be a bigger critic of me than myself, so I’m delighted to get that weight off my shoulders.
“Any striker who says it doesn’t weigh on their shoulders, I think they’re probably telling little lies. It has been playing on my mind, but I’ve just stuck at it. I’ve kept trying to work hard and work on my finishing in games, so finally when that chance did come, I could put it away.
“I’ve been desperate to score, and I’ve been working so hard on the training pitch and in games. Luckily today my reward came, and hopefully now I can get a good run going. I’ll get over the wrist injury I had, and hopefully I can kick on from now.”