Benik Afobe may have scored a hat-trick at stadium:mk during the 6-0 demolition of Colchester United on Saturday, but Lee Hodson’s 90th minute strike was arguably the pick of the bunch.
The unassuming full back ghosted forward on the left flank, cutting inside onto his preferred right foot and sent the ball sailing into the far corner of Sam Walker’s net, much to the delight of the home fans and his team-mates.
With only a handful of goals to his name in his career so far, Hodson believes his goal at stadium:mk is the pick of the bunch.
“No, I haven’t,” he said when asked if he’s scored many better. “But it’s only my third career goal. It’s not just down to my goal though, everyone played their part today. Benik is on fire and when he’s like that, you can’t play him.
“I got forward, cut in and had a go. My dad always tells me to get forward and have a pop! The lads were laughing at me when I scored, but it was a great feeling.”
Was it better than any of Afobe’s strikes? “No comment,” he laughed.
It has been a tough 2014 for Hodson. Having spent the last three months of last season sidelined with a hip injury, he lasted barely a handful of games into the current campaign before a nasty ankle ligament injury picked up in a tackle at Chesterfield in August.
It has been three long, arduous months for Hodson, sitting in the treatment room to recuperate, alongside George Baldock and Danny Green.
And just getting back out on the training pitch with his team-mates was an amazing feeling, he said.
“It was hard, with my hip last season and then my ankle this season. I’ve got to thank the medical staff here for getting me through the hard times and getting me back playing.
“It’s fantastic to be back into training with the lads and not being isolated away from them, and getting back into a winning team again.”
Psychologically, players can carry injuries beyond their physical recovery, but for Hodson, he puts his previous ailments to the back of his mind, knowing that carrying the burden of injury could end up getting him hurt again.
“Once you go into a game, you don’t think about it. And you can’t afford to really, because if you think about that going into tackles, it could hurt you even more.
“I just forget about it and if there’s a tackle, I’m going to go for it.
“I had a couple of weeks of training, and a few minutes in a training game to get used to contact. Touch wood, so far, so good.”