NATHAN ECCLESTON got a debut winner – and a bizarre injury – as new-look Town grabbed a valuable away win at Yeovil.
The on-loan Liverpool striker pounced in the 23rd minute to seal a 1-0 win for Lee Clark’s seventh-placed side.
But he was forced off after 61 minutes of the League I match because of a gashed knee suffered when he was accidentally bitten by an opponent.
“Perhaps it was the only way he could stop me, and I’m off to get a tetanus injection!” quipped the 19-year-old of the incident involving Nathan Jones.
“But seriously, I think he slipped as he came into tackle, and as I wriggled to get past, my knee came into contact with his mouth.
“He came up and gave me an apology. I accepted it and asked if he still had all his teeth, which thankfully, he has.
“I went off the to the dressing room to get it stitched with the intention of going back on, but by the time it was sorted out, the manager had decided to bring on Lee Novak.”
Eccleston, whose only previous senior experience was two appearances from the bench for Liverpool earlier this season, is confident he’ll be available for Saturday’s visit of Carlisle.
“It was great to be involved at Yeovil and fantastic that we won. That was the important thing, and from my point of view, getting the goal was a bonus,” said the man whose first senior strike came in the 23rd minute.
“I thought Jordan Rhodes was fantastic alongside me up front.
“He got through a lot of hard work and he really helped me along, and all in all, the win was a top team effort.
“I think the togetherness in the side showed when we all celebrated the goal in front of our travelling fans, and it felt great to do that.
“Hopefully there will be lots more goals and lots more wins, and while I’m here, I will do everything I can to help achieve that.”
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Town boss Lee Clark also gave debuts to Australian international left-back Dean Heffernan and on-loan Preston centre-back Neal Trotman.