Goal hero heaps praise on to all of his team-mates

Darius Pliskauskas celebrates scoring the winning penalty against Basingstoke. Picture: Alan Storer

Darius Pliskauskas celebrates scoring the winning penalty against Basingstoke. Picture: Alan Storer

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Phantoms’ last-gasp goal hero Darius Pliskauskas insists the whole team deserve credit for a stunning start to the English Premier League season.

The Lithuanian international star smashed in a memorable final-second leveller before hitting the vital penalty shot as the city men came from behind to sink Basingstoke in a top-of-the-table showdown at Planet Ice last Sunday.

It was a thrilling conclusion to another fabulous weekend as Phantoms picked up all four available points for the third time already this season.

It is a run of form which has left them leading the way alongside Milton Keynes, but Phantoms already possess two games in hand on their fiercest rivals.

Pliskauskas said: “I got the goal, but it is not just about me. It was another great performance from the whole team.

“Maybe we were lucky to score so late, but you should always play until the buzzer sounds. We did that and we got the goal and then the win because of it.

“Ales Padelek did brilliantly to win the face-off and get the puck to me. All I could do was shoot as quickly as possible and it went in.

“We always believe we can win games. We are not scared of any team and we do not care who we are playing against.

“We are working so hard and picking up points in the league and the cup. That is what matters to us.”

But Pliskauskas believes it is far too early to tell whether or not the current Phantoms roster is better than that which stormed to play-off glory last season.

He added: “We will see at the end of the season whether this team is better than last season’s. It is not possible to say at this stage, but things are going well for us.

“We have some new guys who are really playing well and scoring goals. It has been a great start, but there is still a long season ahead of us.”