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Saydee - My head clicked and said 'go!'


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Christian Saydee was the quickest thinker on the pitch deep into added time, his synapses securing a point for the Cherries in the Premier League Cup on Wednesday.

Trailing Arsenal by a goal in nine minutes of added time an away injury paused the game before the ball was played back to the Gunners' goalkeeper Ovie Ejeheri.

As the 'keeper hesitated over the live ball, Saydee pounced to stab the ball home and score a goal that the his all-round performance had deserved.

"At the time something in my head clicked and said 'go!', so I just went and hoped for the best," Saydee said to afcb.co.uk after the game.

"I wasn't even looking at the referee afterwards, the fans were screaming and I felt like it was going to be a goal so I celebrated.

"The fans were so good, they were on our side at all times and gave us an extra push, even in those last nine minutes they were pushing us at corners and that was really good.

"I had a chance after the goal when Nathan (Moriah-Welsh) cut it back, I should have scored again, I'll get it next time!

"Now I just want to get as many goals as possible, keep pushing, keep fighting and hopefully get the best from this season."

Arsenal had taken a first-half lead through Zak Swanson, the Cherries hitting back at the end of the game to get their Premier League Cup campaign up and running having lost their opener to West Brom last month.

Saydee explained that he took plenty from the match against category one opposition, alongside the result.

"It was a game of very good experiences," he said. "We felt that we should have got more from the game but we're happy to get a point and were pushing for more.

"At the start, we controlled the game but they had their chance and it's hard to chase a game when you're playing against a decent side who know how to keep the ball with tricky players.

"We dug deep, kept pushing to the end and eventually got the goal and won a point."

The under-21s were joined at Vitality Stadium by two players with masses of Premier League experience; Lewis Cook making his latest step in his return to fitness while club captain Steve Cook also played.

Saydee, who scored his first senior goal in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons this season, has been learning from his ongoing time with Scott Parker and the senior set up, and fed back on what he's picked up.

"It's always good to be with them, even in training. In the last week or so when we've trained together and they've helped us, both Cooks.

"Lewis is always talking to me and trying to help, Steve is good because he's clever - I haven't really come up against defenders like him who are clever.

"Most defenders try to be physical with me but Steve tries to miss me out and do different things, that helps me.

"When I train with the first team it's a lot different to how I want to play, I want to use my body and do this and that. I have to change my game, from Shaun Cooper, Tommy Elphick, Alan Connell and now the gaffer and Matt Wells, they always push me.

"I can't always come to feet I also have to do the other stuff and I've been working hard to try and do that too."

Among the 2,226 in attendance were members of Saydee's family, the striker delighted to have their support from the sidelines.

"My mum and dad weren't here at the stadium but by brother and godfather were, I felt like I had to put on a show for them," he said.

"It means a lot to have them here. Me and my brother were talking yesterday and he said I had to do that celebration, he always gives me the confidence, always pushes me and them being here gives me a good feel."

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