On Saturday Nantwich Town handed a debut to Daniel Gyollai, the on-loan Stoke City goalkeeper that joined the club on Thursday.
The Hungarian keeper started as Nantwich scored a last minute goal to seal a 2-1 win against Barwell FC, putting in an impressive debut between the sticks and looking like he had been at the club for longer than a few days!
Gyollai said: “We have got a great group of lads and they have made me feel very welcome straight away. It was easy to settle in and I’m pleased I had a reasonably good game against Barwell in tough conditions and we got the job done in the end so we are happy with that.”
It was a tricky match with the conditions not helping Gyollai and his new team mates and it might well have affected the Dabbers for the equaliser from the visitors.
He said: “It was hard because you had the wind and the rain coming straight in your eyes. So it was hard to judge, I felt he was just offside but it was hard to see clearly!
Oh well, we have got to learn from it, and we will get better because of it. You can’t choose the weather conditions each time you play and we ground out a fantastic win in the circumstances.”
The Dabbers were to take all three points when Max Harrop, making his second debut from the bench, slotted home to seal all three points for the Dabbers.
That was Nantwich’s 117th goal in all competitions and keeps them in touching distance of the play-offs but with a long way to go and lots of wins required.
Keeper Gyollai said: “It was a great strike, I just saw it hit the net and I couldn’t control myself! I had to run straight back to the goal to celebrate, it was a great feeling to win the first game and a great game for me to make my debut in.”
It wasn’t the first time that Gyollai had been at the Weaver Stadium as he played for Stoke City’s youth team when they used the ground for their matches.
In fact, the Hungary shot stopper holds an unbeaten record at the Weaver Stadium.
He said: “I’ve been here before so it was nice to come back. The game I played in here was against Leyton Orient in the FA Youth Cup. We won 5-4 on penalties, that was back in the 2013/14 season. So it’s two games and two wins for me here at the Weaver Stadium. I’m want to try and keep the run going for a bit.”
Interview and Image: Richard Scott (@richscottmedia)