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Why My Oddest Season Could Be My Greatest


15:15 7th May 2014

Matty Fryatt admits that the oddest season of his career could yet turn out to be his greatest.

The striker began the season with a couple of appearances in the League Cup before he was allowed to join Championship club Sheffield Wednesday on loan in October.

Fryatt’s time at Hillsborough saw him rediscover his goal-scoring form and since returning to the KC Stadium in December, he has been a key figure in firing the Tigers to their first ever FA Cup Final.

He has also contributed a couple of goals in the Barclays Premier League, including a fine strike in Tuesday night’s defeat against Manchester United, and will round the season off with an appearance against Arsenal at Wembley in what has certainly been an interesting 2013/14.

“It has been an odd season,” said Fryatt.

“On paper, it could work out as arguably the best season I’ve ever had even though I’ve played the least amount of games I’ve ever played, barring last season when I was injured.

“At the same time, when I look at my career, this is the highest position I’ve ever been in as far as the team is concerned.

“I’m enjoying it and whenever I get a chance, I want to do well. The lads have been superb this season and I want to make the most of any chances I get. It is frustrating at times because like any other player, I want to play. But I understand the situation and just get on with it.”

Fryatt will certainly remember his goal at Old Trafford as he made the most of what he considered a slice of luck to fire home from 25 yards.

“I was happy with the goal and it was a good goal,” added Fryatt.

“I got a slice of fortune because I tried to play the ball the other side of Michael Carrick and it ricocheted off his legs. The ball sat well for me and I took the shot early. It caught the goalkeeper unaware and nestled in the far corner.

“It was disappointing that we’d already conceded the second goal at that point because we played with more intent after that.

“We had chances and at 2-1, David Meyler saw his shot saved and my studs got caught (trying to get to the rebound). We had a few openings, but then they got a third on the counter-attack.

“We gave it a good go and there was more promise from us in the second half.”

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