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INTERVIEW: Confidence is still high

29 October 2013

Sean O'Hanlon on the Bristol City game

Defender Sean O'Hanlon spoke to us on Saturday evening following the home defeat to Bristol City. 

"It felt like things were going well at half time so it's frustrating to have lost the game," he said. "It was quite windy out there but we were winning the battle and they didn't seem to have many ideas. It's vital to keep it tight at the start of the second half and I think we actually conceded three in the first 20 minutes. 

"After they'd scored the first two goals we reshuffled a little bit to try and get back into the game, but as soon as we did that they scored their third goal. That knocked us back again and it was game over when we conceded the fourth." 

"I think we have to hold our hands up when we make a mistake because you can't hide from it," he told us. "I made a bad pass for their fourth goal and they broke and scored, which was frustrating, because we were pushing for the equaliser. Pottsy [Brad Potts] was at fault for one of the other goals and we both came in and apologised to the lads because we felt we'd let them down."

"It was nice to get on the score sheet," he admitted. "I got my head on a few before the goal and I probably should have scored one a few minutes before I actually did. It's obviously not as good a feeling when you don't get the three points to go with it."

"We want to win every game but I think that was the right way to lose on Saturday," he told us. "We didn't give in, even at 3-1 we were pushing for the goal and Liam [Noble] obviously scored to make it 3-2 with about ten minutes to go. That gave us a lift and our energy levels towards the end of recent games have been brilliant. 

"We all believed we could get another goal to earn a draw but the fourth goal obviously killed the game."

"Confidence is still high and we're all determined to put it right at Gillingham," he said. "They're another team who are struggling down the bottom of the table and we'll probably go into it as favourites. As we've seen this week, that means nothing. 

"We've had a tough couple of weeks but I don't think Kav could be too annoyed with us after the game on Saturday. We gave it our all out there and it was the 15 minutes at the start of the second half which killed us." 

"I do feel like I'm fully over my injury now," he commented. "I've played a lot of football and I can feel myself getting stronger towards the end of games. I'm enjoying playing alongside Pascal [Chimbonda] because he brings a lot of experience and he's a very good talker."

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