Adams dubs FA Cup goal ‘best of my career’

Nicky Adams is mobbed after scoring in the first minute against Premiership side Reading in the FA Cup (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Nicky Adams is mobbed after scoring in the first minute against Premiership side Reading in the FA Cup (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Nicky Adams called his first minute screamer the best goal of his career.

Adams found the top corner with a stunning left-foot shot just 14 seconds into Saturday’s Third Round tie against Reading, emphatically answering boss Richie Barker’s call for a high tempo start. Reading’s Premier League class told in the end though, as Adam Le Fondre scored twice in a 3-1 win.

He said: “It was a great start, you could not ask for any better, it lifted the roof off.

“When it came to me, I thought ‘drive at the back four, and why not have a go?’ I could not have hit it any better, it is the best goal I have ever scored, it was definitely the best of my career, especially coming against a Premier League side.”

Adams combined with Billy Clarke to really stretch the Reading defence, and particularly in the first half, had the beating of Ian Harte, who appeared in a Champions League semi final while at Leeds. He added: “I thought we played some really good stuff. I don’t fear anyone, I will have a go at them and take them on. I just thought ‘why not, test yourself against the best.’”

Crawley’s hopes were effectively dashed by a penalty early in the second half though, even though Adams was insistent Joe Walsh’s challenge on Noel Hunt was clean – with Hunt even indicating it was not a foul.

Adams added: “At 2-1 you are still int he game, but 3-1 just kills the momentum. But we carried on going and their keeper made a few good saves.

“The third goal killed us though, it was not a penalty and their lad said it was not so what can you do?”