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Bloomfield's delight at making comeback
MONTHS of injury frustration came to and end for Matt Bloomfield last night as he scored on his first start after a long-term injury.
No fewer than 59 Wanderers first team matches have passed since the popular midfielder last took his place in the starting XI, as a pelvic shear injury kept him sidelined for more than a year.
He admitted there were times during his recovery when he wondered if he would ever kick a ball in anger again.
But he was rewarded for the same dogged persistence he's shown throughout his playing career during his recuperation with what proved to be the winning goal against Bristol City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - prompting an outpouring of emotion from his delighted team mates.
Bloomfield said: "The lads have seen what I've been through over the last year and how hard it's been to get back. It was nice they had that extra special moment to congratulate me. We've got a close knit bunch of lads and I really appreciated their congratulations - it meant a lot.
"It was an amazing feeling [to score], even in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in front of 1,200 people.
"I just loved being out there, the goal was a bonus to me. All I wanted from tonight was to win first and foremost and try to ger as long as I can on the pitch with no repercussions.
"It's just nice to be back out playing. It's my first start in 13 and a half months - it's been a long time coming. I've been looking forward to that first start coming around. I wanted to get out there and enjoy my football again.
"I've missed it so much. It's my life so it's great to be back out there.
"It's a long time and of course you do doubt it but you have to try to keep the faith. I'm very lucky I had a strong team behind me. It was a lot of work and there were doubts along the way. Luckily I'm back out playing football and managed to get 70 minutes tonight, which is great.
"I said in the summer it would be great to get back out on Adams Park. I've had a special relationship with the fans over the last ten years and it's great to get back out there."
He added: "I had a celebration planned from Kenya with the guys from the summer. I didn't really know what was going on so that went out the window. I'll have to save it for another time."
Wanderers find out their quarter final opponents on Saturday and Bloomfield said: "To get a little bit of a cup run would be nice. There's not many rounds before you can think about where it's going. Hopefully we get another home draw in the next round."
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