Rantie: Bournemouth fans deserved a hug after goal

Bafana Bafana forward Tokelo Rantie scored the winning goal in Bournemouth's 2-1 victory against Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Tuesday night
23-year-old former Malmo striker Rantie was disappointed to only make a substitute appearance in their 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the FA Cup on the wekend. He came on in the last 20 minutes when the Reds were dominating, and was only able to feed off a few scraps of possession that the team managed late on.

This time Bournemouth were more adventurous against fellow Championship club Huddersfield.

“We wanted to win and I’m very grateful that I managed to contribute the goal. It was something that I actually needed and hopefully there will be more goals coming,” Rantie told the media in England.

“I think it will be positive for me going forward in terms of the confidence I will have in front of the fans because they have been waiting for it for quite some time.

“It was my first goal at home and I’m very pleased with it. It came at the right time, because we have three points.”

Bournemouth were afraid to start with an attacking team against the Premier League's second most prolific attacking force, Liverpool. Rantie was on the bench against Huddersfield too, but the South African proved what he can do when he came on in the second half.

“That’s something that can actually motivate you as a player," said Rantie of the home support that cheered him on even before scoring his goal. "It shows that they appreciate me being here and I’m very grateful that I scored in front of them,” said Rantie.

“I think the manager (Eddie Howie) is doing the right thing by using me as a second half substitute because it is the only way I will adapt quickly. I think he has been doing a fantastic job,” he said.

“Lewis Grabban has been outstanding for us and he has been motivating me as well and the rest of the guys have been doing well, so there’s no need for the manager to change the team right now.”

Rantie received a yellow with the way he went into the crowd to celebrate his goal, hugging the fans.

“Maybe if someone had explained to me that if I went to the fans it would be a yellow card, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “But I didn’t actually know.”

“I was disappointed though because I went to celebrate with the fans and it was a great feeling for me.

“Even though I got booked, I’m still happy that I did it with them.

“It was an emotional game for me. I think I deserved a hug from them and they deserved a hug from me.”