'What a feeling': Cameron McJannet delighted with winning double at Bohs
CAMERON McJANNET shares top spot in the League of Ireland scoring charts after his match-winning double against Bohemians and the talented Derry City defender is hungry for more.
The ex-Stoke City man expressed his delight after his brace of goals at Dalymount Park took his season's tally to an impressive four goals and saw Derry leave with another three points in the bag.
He now sits alongside Finn Harps striker Adam Foley on the summit of the top scorer table - not bad for a centre half!
McJannet claims he's never had a feeling like he experienced after he guided the ball into the net in the 89th minute as he wheeled away to celebrate a huge victory which lifted Derry off the bottom and into seventh spot.
Afterwards McJannet joked that he must be in the running for the golden boot this season but given his eye for goal, he'll privately be aiming for double figures at this rate.
"That was a great feeling," beamed the Milton Keynes native. "The first one I was just buzzing to get us back in the game and to get a winner like that - I don't think I've ever had a feeling like that before. And so late on as well. Yeah, what a feeling," he smiled.
McJannet is proving to be a major threat from setplays but he was quick to praise Will Patching for his deliveries as the midfield man picked him out superbly for both goals as he continues to supply the assists.
"Patch has got some delivery on him and it makes it easier really."
Derry were chasing a 1-0 deficit after Georgie Kelly tucked away his first half penalty and had goalkeeper Nathan Gartside to thank for two superb saves to deny Keith Ward and substitute Jack Moylan.
Ruaidhri Higgins' second half substitutes worked a treat as Marc Walsh and Joe Thomson gave Bohs plenty to think about. Walsh, whose pace and trickery had Bohs on the backfoot, tested the keeper with a decent effort moments after taking to the field.
And from the resultant corner Patching found McJannet who rose highest and headed into the net for the equaliser.
"As a centre back I thought I could've cleared the cross first but one of the lads had a touch and then it was a little messy for the penalty," he reflected. "If we can clean up on those tiny mistakes then we'll get even better.
"Both last week against Sligo and this week the subs have been great when they've come on and really had a big influence on the game. Little Marc Walsh, he's nippy isn't he? And he got us up the pitch.
"I think I just got it back across goal and it hit the keeper or someone on the line got a touch but I'm definitely taking that because it was on target."
Derry had the momentum after that and from a Patching free-kick McJannet peeled off his marker and showed a striker's instinct as he guided the ball expertly into the net beyond James Talbot for a dramatic winner.
"The last one I just got away from my man and I was just calm and I just tapped it in. I didn't really think about it and just tucked it in."
McJannet admitted the players 'felt sick' when they were on the wrong end of two late, late goals against Bohemians when the teams last met at the Phibsboro venue last season and he was delighted to exact revenge.
"We felt sick for weeks after losing here last time the way we did. So to do it to them this time around, we're really chuffed. And to show the character to come from behind was great as well.
"The mood's getting better and better and everyone is starting to get a feel for what we can do now. I don't think performances were all that bad before we started to pick up points but we're still getting better and better with each game.
"It shows what we can do. Sligo and Bohs are two good teams but we knew if we beat both of them we would go above Bohs and we've done that now. We have to keep pushing on now.
Hopefully we can keep climbing and climbing.
"We'll all be up for the derby now. This makes the trip back to Derry a little easier but we'll be up for Monday."
City boss Higgins revealed the players had renamed McJannet 'Alan Shearer' after the game but he understands how big an advantage it is to have such a goalscoring centre half.
"They're calling him Alan Shearer in there. Cam is a fantastic player. He's aggressive in the opposition box. You can't buy that - centre backs that score goals from setplays. Brian Gartland at Dundalk was one of those players who scored a lot of goals and Cameron is doing it for us now and long may it continue."