Liam Cullen | Our job as subs is to make an impact and we did that
Swansea City forward Liam Cullen is determined to keep pushing and working hard for every opportunity after netting the dramatic equaliser to secure a point at Coventry.
The 23-year-old was introduced in the 82nd minute with his side trailing 3-2 at the CBS Arena, having fought back from 3-0 down.
Barely 90 seconds later he found the back of the net, turning in with his first touch after Joel Piroe’s header had struck the post, to draw the Swans level and complete a remarkable comeback.
The forward has had to be patient this season, with Piroe and Michael Obafemi also in contention for a starting spot, while a shoulder injury has not helped his cause.
But Cullen, a boyhood Swans fan, will keep doing everything he can for the club he has played for since he was eight years of age.
“I’ve always been hungry for minutes and goals,” he said.
“We’ve got boys in my position like Joel Piroe, who got 24 goals and was player of the year last season. When you’ve got someone like that in front of you, you just have to work hard and do the business when you are called upon.
“I’m just going to carry on what I’ve been doing in training and hopefully those opportunities will keep coming and I can take them when I do.
“Our job as subs is to make an impact and we did that. Thankfully, I was able to come on and get the equaliser and earn us that point.
“Whenever you score at any level and any competition, it’s always the same feeling and for it to be the goal that got us the point was an added bonus.
“I hope that we can kick on as a team and individually for myself.”
His goal was the academy product’s second goal for the Swans this season – after netting against Oxford United in the Carabao Cup - but represented his first in the league since April 2021.
And he was pleased to have played such an important part in taking a point from a game where the Swans had looked to be sliding towards defeat when 3-0 down.
“We were really disappointed to be in that position in the first place,” he said.
“I think we all know that it wasn’t good enough for the first 60 minutes.
“We know we don’t want to play like we did in the first 60 minutes, but that last half hour is what we want to be: on the ball, off the ball, and goal creation.
“We scored three goals in that last half hour so that whole game is something to learn from, reflect on and kick on from.”