Hero Brogan on high after dream start
DEBUTANT Steve Brogan was a reluctant but happy hero after poaching a last-gasp winner for Forest Green at Macclesfield Town on Saturday.
The 24-year-old midfielder, signed last week from Guiseley, entered the Moss Rose pitch as an 80th-minute substitute and ensured Rovers took all three points and second spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Brogan's intervention came in the third minute of stoppage time and made him an instant hit with the travelling fans, but he insisted the 2-1 victory was due reward for an outstanding team display.
He said: "I was buzzing just to come on and make my debut, so to score the winning goal in the last minute was an amazing feeling.
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"I couldn't wish for anything better to start with, but my game is about getting goals from midfield and the gaffer (Dave Hockaday) had told me to win the game for him.
"At 1-0 up we were well on top and should have probably killed the game off, hitting the post a few times.
"It was a lucky goal that made it 1-1, but overall it was a much deserved win.
"The lads deserved three points and anything less would have been a nightmare really."
Brogan was a regular in the Football League with hometown club Rotherham United before breaking a leg in February 2008.
That kept him out for 14 months, since when he has had to work his way back up the professional ladder with Stalybridge Celtic, Alfreton Town and Guiseley.
He now firmly believes he can make a League return in the colours of Forest Green, who have already amassed 21 points from ten matches this season.
"I've settled in nicely, and it obviously helps that I know Phil Marsh from Stalybridge and the three lads from the England C squad in Belgium," said Brogan.
"I played a lot in the League before my injury and had a year out of it last season, but a couple of England call-ups and then the phone call from the gaffer have given me a real boost.
"I'm over the moon to be at Forest Green and we'll definitely be pushing for promotion. We've got a great squad and it's going to be difficult to hold a place down.
"We can go into the Hereford game (tomorrow) on a high, and if we can win that and the game against Lincoln on Friday I'm sure we'll be top of the league."