Goal-scorer Bothroyd relishes victory for J2 leaders Jubilo

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Iwata striker continued his run of good form on Sunday, unleashing his fourth goal of the season in the team’s 2-0 win at JEF United Chiba.

With a defender marking him tightly in the penalty area in the 21st minute, the former Cardiff player deftly trapped the ball before turning to unleash a right-footed shot into the upper corner of the net.

“I’m happy for the result,” Bothroyd told Football Channel Asia after the match. “I’ve always said I’m a team player; the most important thing is three points.

“It’s always nice to score a goal, and I was very happy with my first touch than anything. I turned well, and it’s not my natural side but I dispatched the finish very well.”

The 32-year-old, who has become a fan favorite since arriving this winter, is expected to be a key player for the co-founders as they plot their return to the top division.

“It was a great occasion. We’re both on top of the table, playing good football,” Bothroyd reflected. “We knew it was going to be a battle, and we knew it was going to be be tactical and we dealt with that and matched them in every department. We came here and got the three points in a difficult stadium.”

The Englishman shrugged off concern over his 65th-minute substitution, saying it was precautionary.

“I had a bit of a tight hamstring all week to be honest; I made the decision to come off before I injured it and it was the best thing for the team,” the 190-centimetre-tall attacker said. “I just came off as a precaution.

“Yuki Nakamura came on [for me] and he played very well and assisted the goal. For Jubilo, it’s all about the squad and not just 11 players.”