Carlos Mendes Gomes is biding his time as a Luton player after scoring his first goal for the club in the 3-0 Emirates FA Cup fourth round win against Cambridge United.
Starting for the second cup match in a row, it was a game that had all the ingredients for an upset but Nathan Jones’ side didn’t allow it, much helped by two quick first-half goals, the second of which was fired home by Mendes Gomes.
“We knew that it would be a tough game,” the forward admitted. “Cambridge are doing really well in League One and playing at their ground, we saw how they played last round beating Newcastle and we knew it was never going to be easy. We tried to come here with a positive mindset, do our job and get through to the next round.
“The goals came at a really good time. We were never going to sit back or just hold on to the score. We tried to still play our game, second half with the wind against us was a bit more difficult but as I said before, solid performance, professional and into the next round.”
It was the first time Carlos has scored since his move from Morecambe in the summer transfer window, after waiting for his opportunity to shine.
“It is nice to get on the scoresheet especially when you’re an attacking player. I know that it hasn’t been easy, but I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. My journey hasn’t been easy so far but it’s about improving as a player, learning and then making the next step. I believe I am being patient and heading in the right direction.”
“As a player you want to play every game but sometimes you need to be patient and wait for your opportunity. You have to be ready and as I mentioned before the team is doing really well, I’m learning a lot and I’m improving. I would like to be on the pitch more but I’m trying to take it as well as possible and I know that it’s not easy for anyone to miss out, but I will carry on working hard.
“The facilities, the staff and the coaching has helped me a lot, everything we get is top class so as a player it is hard not to improve.”