Jay Bothroyd’s fine form in the J2 League continues after scoring yet again for Jubilo Iwata, who broke a two-game losing streak with their 2-1 win at Cerezo Osaka.
The former England international recovered from a thigh injury suffered last week to start in Wednesday’s match at Kincho Stadium opposite international stars Diego Forlan and Cacau.
“Cerezo are a big club with a great stadium and today was a big stage,” Bothroyd told Football Channel Asia. “We defended heroically and attacked with freedom and good link-up play. We definitely deserved the three points.”
The former Cardiff man’s moment came in the 69th minute, with his side trailing 0-1 from an own goal by teammate Masahiko Inoha.
“When the ball was played to me I just remember wanting to put myself in a position when the defender would have to foul me and cause a penalty to get the ball,” the 33-year-old said of the goal. “Then I thought about trying an early shot across goal, to the far corner. Thankfully it went in.”
With five goals in seven appearances, the Islington native has quickly become a favorite amongst the Yamaha Stadium faithful as he adjusts to his new surroundings.
“Our fans are really amazing,” he said. “Watching football in Japan is more expensive compared to England. The shirts and the merchandise are much more expensive here in Japan; travel costs more and the distances are longer.
“But they support us through the good and the bad, home and away, and we truly appreciate that our supporters are a part of our success on the pitch.
“I’m really enjoying being in Japan; I really need to thank my agent, Alex Sahara, who brought me here and is helping me a lot.
Of course I’m still getting used to Japanese football, but my teammates and I work hard everyday to improve our understanding.”