Jubilo Iwata striker Jay Bothroyd 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 J-League 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.”