Sam Nombe was delighted to get off the mark in MK Dons colours during the Carabao Cup win over Southend United.
The young striker rounded off a convincing 4-1 win at Roots Hall with a powerful right-footed strike - his first senior goal for the Club he’s been with since the age of 10.
“I was overwhelmed,” he told iFollow MK Dons after the cup success, which secured a glamour third-round tie against Liverpool.
“I've been striving for that moment for ages and I'm so glad it came today. Hopefully there will be many more to come.
“My first thought coming on was to be solid and to be good defensively, to build momentum going forwards. We kept the ball well and it allowed us to go and be creative and expressive in the final third and we got our chances from that.
“I just put my foot through it and get it across the goal as quickly as possible. It was delightful to see it hit the back of the net.”
Nombe has been involved in four of the six matchday squads so far this season and was trusted off the bench while Tuesday’s tie was hanging in the balance at 2-1. The 20-year-old is grateful for the faith manager Paul Tisdale has shown in him this term.
“It means more than a lot to me,” he said. “I've been itching to play. “I'm so grateful to the manager, the staff and all the players who gave me the opportunity and the motivation to get an opportunity for this.
“Coming through the Academy was great, and to get this opportunity is fantastic for me. I cannot wait for the next opportunity I get.”