After being introduced at half-time away at Hartlepool, Dave Challinor would have hoped that forward Matty Kosylo could make a difference.
The former Halifax man did just that, and after a lively start, scored his first AFC Fylde goal, and got the comeback started for the Coasters.
“I really enjoyed the game,” said Kosylo. “The second half felt really different from the first half just from watching on.”
“We dominated large parts of the first half without creating much, and then in the second half took that on and created a lot, and maybe even should have scored more.”
Kosylo has had to be patient so far, appearing from the bench on three occasions, and yet to start a game.
The Hartlepool game, therefore, represented a big chance for him to show what he could do, with a full half to play.
“We conceded the second and I thought, we’ve just lost the ball on the left hand side, this is far from ideal,” he says.
“We reacted well though to be fair, partly because we felt like it was against the run of play, the mentality and the aim was similar.”
With the game looking set to go Hartlepool’s way, a late Coasters double turned it on its head, and ensured the unbeaten start remained in tact.
“We kept at it, I’ve bobbled one in and then Crossy has looped a header in – although actually I think it’s come off of his shoulder, but we’ll take them, they all count.”
“I hope it’s the catalyst for me,” Kosylo continues. “Me and Chally had a chat before the Ebbsfleet game and I said to Chally I didn’t feel like I’d had the greatest pre-season by my own standard.”
“I had to come off in a training with blisters which hadn’t healed, so the last couple of weeks really has seen me hitting back to where I expect myself to be.”
There’s firm competition in the attacking areas this season, with the likes of Jordan Williams, Dan Bradley, Nick Haughton and Mark Yeates all vying for a place.
“All of the lads have had a start, so it was important to take my chance when it came,” said Kosylo.
“We all want to be starting, of course, but it’s just not possible, so you have to work hard, be patient, and when your chance comes, make sure you take it.”
This Saturday, Kosylo will hope to have done enough to have earned a spot in the starting XI as newly promoted, and in-form, Woking come to Mill Farm.
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