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"Great to get off the mark"

Thomas Verheydt on first goal in English football and Portsmouth defeat

30 July 2017

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Thomas Verheydt was delighted to get off the mark for the club after notching his first goal on Saturday in the 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth.

The Dutchman arrived at the Reds in the summer, and took just three minutes against Kenny Jackett's men to open the scoring.

"It's my first goal in England, and as a striker it's always nice to score so I'm very happy," he told iFollow Crawley.

"I just tried to make myself big in the box when the corner came in.

"The goalkeeper went for it and missed it and so I just got my head to the ball, it's great to get off the mark.

"Sometimes as a striker you don't want to be waiting a while for the first goal to come, so for me to be able to score today was brilliant."

The game saw the hosts lead at the break through the forward's header, before a turnaround from the visitors saw them take the win in the side's final game of the 2017-18 pre-season schedule.

The striker highlighted the Reds' good work in the opening period, and insisted there were plenty of good things to be able to carry forward into next weekend's league opener against Port Vale at the Checkatrade Stadium.

"I think we played very well - especially in the first half," he continued.

"We were finding each other very well, but then the second period became more difficult.

"Even though we ended up on the losing side, we can still take plenty of positives into next week."

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