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Brooker emotional at late winner

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Interview: Bristol City striker Steve Brooker

Bristol City striker Steve Brooker says coming back from 18 months of injury problems to score the winner against Norwich on Saturday was emotional.

"There was a massive run of emotion," he told BBC Radio Bristol. "Seeing all the lads being proper made up for me, and realising it was a vital win.

"I think a lot of people wrote me off, but I've worked extremely hard, and so have the staff here.

"It's been a slog really. I'm just delighted it's all come together."

Brooker recently returned to Ashton Gate from a loan spell at Cheltenham, where he proved his fitness with five goals in six games after months on the sidelines with knee problems.

And City manager Gary Johnson admitted that Brooker's late goal in the 2-1 win was an emotional experience for him as well.

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"There had been a lump in my throat when it went in," he said.

"I've seen how hard he's had to work and the days when he's been really down when he's come back and then had to go back and have another operation because it wasn't quite working.

"It's a major part of somebody's career when they're out for 18 months. He missed the promotion, he was part of that by being here but obviously didn't play many games.

"All my books have good endings, and 'Brooks' has had a good ending for his injury."


see also
Bristol City 2-1 Norwich
29 Mar 08 |  Championship
Tough love for City from Johnson
28 Mar 08 |  Bristol City
Brooker boosted by Bristol return
21 Mar 08 |  Bristol City
Brooker out to prove his fitness
15 Feb 08 |  Cheltenham Town


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