Barrow proud to make history for Gambia

Modou Barrow admits he is delighted to be the first Gambian to score in the English Premier League.

The 23-year-old took the number of nationalities to find the back of the net in England's top flight to 95 when he scored against Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium on Saturday, a game which Swansea lost 3-2.

"It is a very proud moment for me," Barrow told swanseacity.net. "To become the first Gambian to score in this league makes me very happy."

He added to South Wales Evening Post: "It was my first goal and I've been working hard to get it.

"I was waiting for my opportunity, now I've got it. I'm really happy and I can't thank anyone more than my team-mates and the staff.

"I'm glad for myself to get the goal so I can get it off my back."

The winger has been with Swansea since 2004, but he has had limited opportunities, but coach Alan Curtis believes his pace could be a great weapon for the team as they look to avoid relegation.

"I thought Mo was excellent against Bournemouth, definitely the brightest and most dangerous layer on the park. And when he went off it probably slowed our momentum down a bit, but his performance and to score his first goal was a huge bonus for us," he told the Daily Mail.

"The fact his body tightened up I think is down to game time. There's a difference between fit and game fit. He's a really good trainer but the fact we haven't stretched him or asked him to play 90 minutes hasn't helped, but he will get a huge benefit from that.

"I think he just cramped up. It was a precaution just in case he did real damage, but he should be okay for next weekend. The more he plays the stronger he will become."

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