Jos Hopes 'Goal' Will Prove Lucky

By SFC Media Fri 20 Jul Club

Defender hopes misfortune will be a lucky omen again.

Jos Hooiveld's own goal in Wednesday's win over Étoile Carouge may have proved irrelevant in the end - and the big defender hopes it will actually inspire Saints onto a great campaign.

The Dutchman put the home side into the lead when he diverted Marco Delley's cross into his own goal, but Nigel Adkins' men went on to win 4-1 with four second-half strikes.

And Jos says his 'goal' may yet turn out to be the start of an ideal year for the Club.

"It's actually a good luck charm because the last time I scored [an OG] in pre-season we went on to have a great season," he told Saints Player.

"So… fingers crossed!

"It was very unlucky - but you have to start somewhere, don't you? Eventually you realise it's the other goal you have to put them in!

"The guy crossed it quite hard and it was just about hip-height, so I couldn't lift my feet fast enough so I put my head down and hoped it went to the side but unluckily I got straight on top of it.

"They started very eagerly and were very energetic, so it was a nice exercise," Hooiveld added of the encounter with the Swiss outfit.

"I think we should have scored a couple in the first half ourselves because we had chances but the tempo was not high enough.

"The circumstances were not ideal: there was no water on the pitch, the grass was a little bit high and it was about 35º out there - it was un-English weather!

"They definitely gave us a good exercise, so fitness-wise it was very good."

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