CRAIG BELLAMY says re-opening his Liverpool goal scoring account was a great feeling - and believes the Reds were worthy winners over Brighton.
The Welshman was handed a first start since returning to the club in January as Kenny Dalglish’s men went to the south coast for last night’s Carling Cup third round tie.
Bellamy opened the scoring in the 2-1 win, his first for the club since a February 2007 goal in the Champions League against Barcelona, and produced a man-of-the-match performance at the Amex Stadium.
Signed as a free transfer on deadline day last month, Bellamy has paid tribute to strike partner Luis Suarez who he has described as “impressive”.
“It was a nice goal and I was pleased with it,” said Bellamy.
“I managed to link up with Luis Suarez who is such an impressive player and it was a good feeling.
“I thought we steamrollered them in the first half. Our movement and everything was outstanding, but it just proves that when you are so on top you need to score the second and third goal.
“We faded in the second half and they played well. We gave them the incentive but we knew it was going to be a hard fought game.
“It was a bit of relief for us when we got the second goal on the break but we are delighted to get through.
“We had a lot of players out there like myself who needed the 90 minutes and I enjoyed it.”
Bellamy so nearly had double reason to celebrate but his blistering 35-yard free-kick crashed back off the cross.
“I thought it was in for a minute,” he added.
“I've tried it a few times over the last few years which have gone quite well for me. The way these new balls move means if you catch it right you can score.
“Maybe I'll have a bit more luck next time but the most important thing was the team won.”