James Reece says 'as soon as it left my foot I knew it was a goal.'
Reece James was absolutely delighted his brace helped Chelsea seal a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
The young England defender fired a double in the space of 12 second-half minutes, with Jorginho wrapping up the win with a spot-kick in the 81st minute.
Speaking to Chelsea's official website, James explained that the clash at St. James' Park was much tougher than the scoreline suggested.
Thomas Tuchel's Blues are now three points clear at the top of the English top-flight and travel to the Eleda Stadion for their Champions League group stage clash against Malmo on Tuesday evening.
‘I think the first one was probably better, it was on my weaker foot and it was a good finish,’ said James after the 3-0 victory. ‘The ball came to me in the box and I was going to take it the first time but I decided to take a touch and it opened up on my left, so I cut inside and took it on my left foot. The strike was good, as soon as it left my foot I knew it was a goal.
‘The second one was easier, the goalie wasn’t really in the goal. It was almost an empty goal so I just put my foot through it!’
The 21-year-old also admitted that the west London side had to be patient in order to break the deadlock on the day, adding that Newcastle weren't going to make it easy in their first home game under interim manager Graeme Jones.
‘We knew coming here was going to be a very tough game. We had to break them down and it took a lot of time. We tried many times in the first half but as we saw they’re a very strong and organised side, especially at home with their home support.
‘We knew it was going to be tough to break them down and it would take some time. Of course, it’s very frustrating but you have to keep banging away and the chance will come as long as you keep knocking on the door.’
He continued: ‘Coming away from home to St James’ Park, which is a tough place, and picking up three points when the two teams behind have dropped points is obviously a great result for us and puts us in a strong position.
‘Everyone loves playing and everyone wants to win, the team spirit in the changing room at the moment is unbelievable.’