Lohkemper: “More Goals Will Come"
16 October 2017
- Striker scored first goal since transfer from Mainz in the summer
- 22 year old admits struggling since transfer but claims he’s turned a corner
- Confident he can fill the void left by Christian Beck’s injury
As Magdeburg came from behind on Friday night to beat Chemnitzer 3-1, Felix Lohkemper was the man who started the comeback by scoring a stunning strike from just inside the penalty area in the 76th minute.
It was the 22 year olds first goal for FCM since his free transfer from FSV Mainz in the summer, coming in his seventh appearance, although 6 of these appearances have been from the substitutes bench. However the striker told fc-magdeburg.de that he was confident that his hard work on the training ground would earn him a starting spot in the team during Christian Beck’s absence from the team after the clubs leading scorer was taken off injured during the win on Friday night. The striker also revealed that he had struggled so far since his transfer but was confident a corner had now been turned in the interview below.
FC-Magdeburg.de: Felix, thank you for taking the time out to join us today, congratulations on your first goal on Friday night, that must have been a weight off your shoulder?
Felix Lohkemper: Thank you for having me. Thank you very much, yes it was a relief and I think that was reflected in my celebration come Friday night. It’s been a long time coming if we’re being honest, especially as we’re now well into October.
FC-Magdeburg.de: With Christian Beck facing a couple of weeks on the sidelines after that concussion injury on Friday night, surely you must be looking to seal a consistent place in the starting XI?
Felix Lohkemper: More than definitely. Christian’s injury is unfortunate of course it is and he’s not our leading goalscorer for nothing but I think now is the opportunity to make a real claim for the starting place up top. I think, hopefully on Friday night I proved I could be relied upon in front of goal, especially as I thought I took my goal very well, and with any luck the manager will be looking at my performance on Friday night and thinking I deserve Christian’s place.
FC-Magdeburg.de: Obviously it was your first goal since signing, we know that much but would you admit to having struggled in front of goal since the transfer?
Felix Lohkemper: If I’m being brutally honest with myself, then I’d have to say yes I have struggled. I was happy with my pre-season but competitive football is a whole new ball game, and putting chances away has been harder. Obviously not starting games and coming off the substitutes bench makes it harder to come in and make an impact but you still do have to take that opportunity.
FC-Magdeburg.de: Would you say that your goal against Chemnitzer was you turning a corner then?
Felix Lohkemper:Yeah I would like to think so. Scoring that goal was a huge relief like I said earlier but it’s about filling the role the manager is asking you to do and that’s what happened on Friday night unlike any other time I’ve come off the bench.
FC-Magdeburg.de: With FCM’s flying start to the season, have you been finding that defences have been making life harder for you especially when you’d probably say you play a different role to that which Christian Beck does?
Felix Lohkemper: That might play into it a little bit. Me and Christian are different definitely, and maybe defences do deal with the way I play a bit better, but if you want to play at an even higher level you need to work your way around that.
FC-Magdeburg.de: Fortuna Koln are currently 15th in the 3. Liga whilst Magdeburg are quite clearly top of the table, what do you expect them to do and set up defensively?
Felix Lohkemper:It’s not hard to see that at the minute they’re struggling for results so I’d imagine that they will sit deep and make life difficult for us. We’ve got to keep working our way around it and scoring the goals we are doing which are winning us the games. They’ll make life difficult for us but I am and we are confident that we can get the right result to keep us going strong at the top.
FC-Magdeburg.de: Right, well that concludes this interview. Thank you very much Felix, good luck on Saturday.
Felix Lohkemper:Thank you very much, see you soon.
Yeah it was disappointing to lose those games the way we did, still quite clear at the top though so everythings still going well, hopefully we’ll be able to put them behind us moving forward
We were always going to lose games at some stage this season so better to do it early on and you’re right, we’re still well clear at the moment so all is good!
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