Ghana’s Harrison Afful happy to end Columbus Crew’s winless run

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Noah K. Murray
The Ghana international reflects on Saturday's MLS game with San Jose Earthquakes

Columbus Crew full-back Harrison Afful is excited to have scored the goal that propelled the club to their first Major League Soccer win in five matches. 

After three straight defeats and a draw, the Black and Gold bounced back on Saturday with a 2-1 home triumph over San Jose Earthquakes. 

Afful registered the opener in the 28th minute, before Mike Grella netted the winner six minutes to full-time after Danny Hoesen levelled the score. 

"It feels great to get a goal," Afful said, as reported by his club's official website. 

"The most important thing is to get three points. 

"It feels great. We’re going to enjoy this one, then keep working hard. 

"As our journey gets more dangerous to take those points, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do, and it’s been working. That’s the game plan. 

"We always stick to the plan and then move forward, so I think we need to keep going and working hard."

The win has taken Crew to fifth on the Eastern Conference table ahead of Saturday's visit to Seattle Sounders. 

"We’re going there to get a win. That is our mantra, that is our focus," Afful declared. 

"We need to learn that playing a road game is not going to be easy, so it’s tough. 

"We intend to stick to the game plan."

Afful has played nine times, all full-time appearances, for Crew so far in this season's championship. 

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Saturday's goal was his first of the campaign.

The 31-year-old joined the Black and Gold from Tunisian outfit Esperance in 2015.