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Forest Green: Points mean more than milestones for Yan Klukowski

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

By Pete Orchard

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Yan Klukowski

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Though rightly proud of a personal milestone, Yan Klukowski will not be satisfied if Forest Green fail to taste collective glory this season.

Midfielder Klukowski marked his return to the starting XI with the first goal in Rovers’ 2-1 win at strugglers Tamworth, meaning he is now the club’s joint highest Conference scorer.

Signed with little fanfare by Dave Hockaday in August 2010, the former Bath City man has found the net 46 times in 151 appearances to move level with Alex Meechan at the top of the all-time chart.

He said: “It’s always nice to get individual accolades and it was made a lot sweeter by the fact that we won the game.

“I have to thank all the lads who have helped set those goals up in my four years at Forest Green and it’s a proud moment for me and my family, whether I hold the record short term or long term.

“But the win was far more important and we need to keep winning because everything is ready off the field for this club to go up.

“As players, we’ve got to make sure we do our bit on the pitch and match that. Winning becomes a habit and we need to keep it going.”

Saturday’s win took Forest Green’s points haul to nine from four matches in eight gruelling days, with impressive home victories over potential play-off rivals Cambridge United and Salisbury City laying the foundations.

A 2-0 reverse at the hands of Braintree Town was the only blip, and Rovers are back within three points of the top five with 11 fixtures remaining.

Klukowski said: “Four games in eight days meant it was a testing time physically, emotionally and psychologically and we passed all but one of the tests.

“We were obviously disappointed with the Braintree result but we had a lot of possession in that game and just couldn’t get the killer goal.

“Tamworth is a tough place to come but we showed a great reaction, scoring two good goals and defending resolutely at the end when we needed to.

“We’re all dreaming of the play-offs and it’s definitely still do-able because the momentum factor is huge in football.”

Klukowski had to be substituted in the 54th minute at The Lamb after picking up a slight groin strain in the process of scoring, but the 27-year-old is confident he will be able to play a part in tomorrow night’s home clash with Grimsby Town.

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