Michael Chopra: Alloa strikes as valuable as Premier League ones

Michael Chopra (right) has scored twice for Alloa since joining in March
Michael Chopra (right) has scored twice for Alloa since joining in March
By Kenny Crawford
BBC Sport Scotland

Michael Chopra treasures goals for Alloa Athletic just as much as all his crucial Premier League strikes.

The former Newcastle and Sunderland forward hopes to add to his Wasps tally in the Scottish Championship play-off final against Forfar Athletic on Wednesday and Sunday.

"It doesn't matter who you're playing against, it all means the same thing to me," Chopra told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Whether it was Tottenham or whether it's Forfar, every goal means a lot."

Chopra famously scored a stoppage-time winner for Sunderland against Spurs on the first day of the 2007-08 Premier League season, in front of more than 40,000 people.

The 31-year-old went on to play for Cardiff City and Ipswich Town before a spell with Kerala Blasters in India preceded a short-term deal at Alloa.

Michael Chopra celebrates his winner against Tottenham in 2007
Michael Chopra celebrates his winner against Tottenham in 2007

It is the Clackmannanshire club that Chopra is trying to help keep in the second tier of Scottish football, with League One side Forfar vying to take their place if victorious over two legs.

"You could see my expressions in the goals I scored against Brechin and Cowdenbeath," said Chopra, who has been subject of approximately £10m of transfers throughout his career.

"People might say it doesn't mean much to me because it's just Alloa. But, at the end of the day, I'm a football player, that's my job and I work hard at what I do.

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"It's a big game for both clubs. Obviously it's massive for us because we want to stay in the Championship, but Forfar want to try and get promoted."

Chopra intends to return India for the 2015 Super League season from October to December but would be keen to sign for Alloa again at the start of 2016.

"I've loved my time up here and I'd even consider coming back next January when my time in India is up," he added.

"Everyone at the club; the chairman, the players, the physio, the coaching staff, the fans - everyone's made me feel so welcome and I couldn't ask for anything more.

"Considering it's only part-time, the players put so much effort into their football - it's unbelievable."

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