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Gnanduillet: "I smashed the ball with all my power and that's it"

27 July 2015

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Armand Gnanduillet came off the bench and produced a match-winning performance as the Spireites came from behind to beat Burnley 3-2 at the Proact Stadium.

Gnanduillet created Byron Harrison's last-minute winner, but before that score an extraordinary overhead volley to bring the hosts level, having trailed 2-0 midway through the first half in the pre-season friendly.

In a rare interview, the Ivorian told PlayerHD that the win was down to much more than his 40-minute substitute performance.

"Yes, I came on when we were 2-1 down, but I just did my job," said the striker. "The lads did great with me and I wasn't alone on the pitch so if I changed the game it's because my teammates were with me and we were working hard together.

"Now we need to keep working hard for the season and I think we can do great."

The striker's 67th-minute leveller will live long in the memory, and Gnanduillet explained the thought process as he prepared score his spectacular goal.

He said: "I saw Tendayi [Darikwa] with the ball and Tendayi is my man but I know that sometimes he misses the cross so I just tried to take the ball in the air and I smashed the ball with all my power and that's it.

"It was a good goal and a great cross from Tendayi but maybe I was a little bit lucky to score a goal like that against a good side. I'm happy, but so are the lads, it's not just me, everybody's happy."

There was no questioning the Spireites' second goal, but after beating a recent Premier League defender Gnanduillet's low ball may have got the slightest nick off Harrison. Regardless of the scorer, the 23-year-old is pleased with the outcome.

"I think it was me but Byron said to me that he touched the ball, so it's his goal and I have no problem - it's an assist for me. We won the game, so everybody's happy now.

"Now we're looking forward to the next game and we can't wait for the season to start."

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