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One of Ireland's brightest prospects scored his first goal in English football on Saturday

The former St Pat’s player has got off the mark in League One.

Chris Forrester says he is settling in well to life at Peterborough.
Chris Forrester says he is settling in well to life at Peterborough.
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22-YEAR-OLD Dublin-born midfielder Chris Forrester scored his first-ever goal in English football on Saturday.

The youngster — who moved from League of Ireland side St Pat’s to Peterborough at the end of the summer transfer window — was on target in his side’s 2-0 victory over Bradford City.

Forrester was on hand to finish well after the ball deflected into his path, giving new manager Graham Westley reason to cheer in what was his first game in charge of the club.


“It was probably around 10-yards, but I might text my friends and tell them it was a bit further out,” Forrester joked in a post-match interview with the club’s official website. “It wasn’t the best goal that I have scored, but it is up there in terms of importance and it was a great feeling to see the ball find the back of the net.”

Forrester, who was substituted in second-half stoppage time with the win all but secured, said he wasn’t totally satisfied with his overall display despite scoring a crucial goal.

“I was actually a little bit disappointed with my own performance, but it was obviously important that the team got the points and credit to the rest of the players and the management team for that.”

The win sees Peterborough climb to 14th in League One, five points off the playoff spots, and Forrester says he is enjoying life at his new club.

“I feel I have settled quite quickly into life in Peterborough both on and off the pitch. Players like Jack Collison and Michael Bostwick really know how to welcome you into a dressing room and I think I am a tad surprised how settled I am already.

“It is about progression for me now. The new gaffer has given me lots of encouragement and the way that we play the game really suits me. I have played across the midfield and that versatility can be important.

“I just like getting on the ball from the centre backs and then giving the ball to the more technical players like Erhun and Marcus and get us higher up the pitch. I am really enjoying it at the minute.”

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