Callum Morton: Winning at Wembley with Cobblers is a night I'll never forget

Young striker speaks to Sky Sports about his fledging career

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 12:54 pm
Callum Morton with the play-off trophy. Pictures: Pete Norton.

Winning promotion at Wembley with Northampton is an experience young striker Callum Morton still remembers with great fondness.

The 21-year-old played a starring role in Town's thrilling play-off success last June, scoring two goals in their stunning fightback at Cheltenham in the semi-final before netting another against Exeter City at Wembley.

The Cobblers trailed 2-0 from the home leg against Cheltenham but Vadaine Oliver's early header set up a spectacular comeback at Whaddon Road, with Morton scoring a second-half brace on a famous night.

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"It was unbelievable," Morton said in an interview with Sky Sports this week. "Everyone went there knowing there was a chance. We knew we had thrown away two-goal leads a couple of times that season, and we had 90 minutes to turn it around.

"It took the pressure and nerves off us that we felt in the first leg and gave us more freedom because we knew at that point we had nothing to lose if we went there and bombarded them. We knew if we lost we would have left it all out there and given it a go, so we would have no regrets.

"The performance was unbelievable. Getting that exposure live on Sky, and all the plaudits that came with it - the man of the match award and scoring a couple of goals. It was a night I won't forget. "

Morton then scored Town's second of four goals in the final at Wembley, flicking Jordan Turnbull's header into the corner shortly before half-time as Exeter were blown away.

Morton was on target at Cheltenham in the semi-final.

Morton added: "It would obviously have been nice having fans, friends and family there, but the fact it was empty took nothing away from being able to play at Wembley, especially at such a young age.

"People go through their whole careers without getting to play there, and there were older lads at Northampton who hadn't played there before. To tick that off so early was an unbelievable feeling."

Cobblers were keen to re-sign Morton on loan from West Brom after their promotion to League One last summer, but the Baggies instead sent him to Michael Appleton's Lincoln City.

However, the youngster's progress was halted by a long-term shoulder injury in the autumn, limiting him to just 20 appearances and three goals ahead of Lincoln's play-off campaign.

"It has been difficult coming back into the team," he admitted. "It was hard enough going into a side in January like I did in Northampton, it was even harder going into a winning team after an injury and adapting mid-season.

"I've not scored as many goals as I've liked, but in this team I've played a different role to the one I played at Northampton. There I was the main outlet in terms of running in behind, getting onto flicks-ons and getting into the box. Here I have to be more of a pivot point, bringing others into play and helping the wingers bomb on.

"It has been a different style to adapt to, but that's why West Brom wanted me to come here - to learn different ways of playing."

On his future ambitions, Morton said: "I think everyone's aspirations have to be playing at the highest level you possibly can. You have to see where your ability, willingness and hard work can take you."