Dunfermline Athletic

Cardle re-kindles goalscoring touch

Saturday, 8th Aug 2015

"We didn't create as much in the second half but we won 6-1, there cannot be doom and gloom."

- - Listen to this Joe Cardle Interview

Having found the net for the first time since 15th April last year, Joe Cardle was pleased to have brought his scoring drought to an end and enjoy the euphoria of a 6-1 win. He told the website:-

"I think we started the game very well. Our first half performance was definitely up there. In the second half we slackened off a wee bit. Being ahead by so many goals we played into their hands; obviously we got the goals that we wanted but we didn't want to concede today. We are a bit gutted about that but we scored six goals so we can't be down going into the changing room."

With the Pars 4-0 at half time Joe said that the manager had told his players to just keep playing.

"He was happy. We know what we can do - we showed that in the games we have played pre season and in the last two games in the cup. We know that if we get the ball down that we are going to create chances. Thankfully first half we put them away.

"We just had to keep doing it but I thought we were very slack in the second half. We know that ourselves, we know that we did not have the pace of play and were passing it as well as we did in the first half. We didn't create as much in the second half but we won 6-1, there cannot be doom and gloom."

Joe's goal came just after the first half hour and made it 3-0.

"It has been a while since I scored so it felt brilliant to get back on the goal screen with a proper league goal. I did not score last season at Ross County so I have been dying to score in every game I have played recently. It means a lot, even though I made a couple I am happy to score and hopefully they continue this season."

Two assists in addition to finding the net himself meant that Joe had a tremendous opening league game on his return to the club. He continued:-

"That is what I am here for, that's why the club signed me because that is what I did when I was last here and hopefully I can do that again this season. Assists and goals can create chances and get us back to where we belong."

Joe made Brechin City keeper Graeme Smith pull off some fine saves to keep him out with other attempts.

"I was unfortunate in the second half. I took the keeper on and got one headed off the line. I am a bit gutted by that but happy with the goal and hopefully I can get another next week.

"The fans were incredible today. The turn out for an away game was unbelievable - you don't get that at many clubs, especially in Scotland. You could see the happy faces going home so it means a lot for us as players. To go away 6-1 up in comparison to what happened last season, things have definitely turned around.

"We know that we did well in the cup games but we know that the league is where we want to get going. We know that we have to win week in week out. It is a good start and hopefully many more results to come.

"Cowdenbeath next and we can't wait. We have played so well last week so we know what we have to do. They are going to come out guns blazing; we know that they played against us last week but to be honest from start to finish we played them off the park.

"They are a good team, we know that but we have to do it better than them and hopefully we can do it again. They know the kind of players that we have got - they all have pace and can create chances. Every week is going to get harder and teams will know what they have got coming but we will just have to keep mixing it up and we can keep winning week in week out."

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