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Goal dedicated to late Ben - Pack

Marlon Pack has reflected on scoring his first goal of the 2017/18 season, which he has dedicated to Benjamin Pritchard.

Eight-year-old Ben spent time at the Children's Hospice South West (CHSW), based near Bristol City's training ground, before passing away on November 6th.

Head coach Lee Johnson and City and Forest players visited young Ben during his eight days at CHSW.

Pack told BCTV: "I have dedicated that goal to Ben, to (dad) Shane, (mum) Sarah and (sister) Freya and the rest of his family.

"The occasion was a tough one and it definitely helped to lift the boys’ spirits. We wanted to get the win and put in a performance for them.

"They have been an inspiration to us all and definitely helped us get the win."


Pack's opener was well-taken, smashed into the bottom corner from 25 yards, after he picked up a pass from Korey Smith.

He continued: "I got into some good areas today but sometimes I was a bit too unselfish, too much of a team player when maybe I could have had a go myself.

"Just before the goal, Bobby (Reid) had a chance when I was the easier option but he's a forward and in good form so I’ll let him off and straight after I’ve scored.

"It just came to me, I was in a good area and I thought let’s hit it and see where it goes and luckily it’s gone in.

"I’ve been getting a lot stick, not just from the boys but from you lads as well so hopefully it will start opening up a bit of form for me in front of goal.

"I was delighted at first that it was on target, so that was the first plus. I don't get many.”


He added: “You can see in the boys’ celebrations, when somebody doesn’t score many in this team everybody goes to celebrate with them.

"It was great to score but in the position we find ourselves, the three points and the performance were more important."

His strike to make it 1-0 meant the use of his first goal GIF on Twitter.

It was retweeted and ‘liked’ thousands of times and Pack has promised there are “better” GIFs in the pipeline.

“We practiced finishing in training, and Joe and I won so that was a good omen, maybe we should do that every Friday. He hit a couple of bangers in training, I told him to save some for today and he did for that one," he said.


Ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie, Pack continued: "It’s a game where we can go out there and enjoy it. There’s not too much pressure on us but who knows what we are capable of. We keep on hitting heights this year so why not on Wednesday?

"We’ll go out there and enjoy it, its a great occasion for us, a distraction from the league and Manchester United don’t come to town too often so let’s go and enjoy it."