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INTERVIEW: Thought I'd scored the winner

7 October 2013

Sean O'Hanlon on the Shrewsbury game

Defender Sean O'Hanlon spoke to us ahead of the Sunday morning training session to give us his reaction to the Shrewsbury game.

"I thought I'd scored the winner," he admitted. "It was in injury time so you don't expect to concede again after that. We probably should have seen the game out but we got a late equaliser so they'll have been feeling the same." 

"It's always great to score but it's even better when it's in front of your own fans," he agreed. "As a centre back you don't usually get many goals so it was great to think I'd managed to score the winner. 

"With three minutes to go we would have taken a point, but it was really disappointing not to get all three in the end. The point keeps our momentum going and means we're still unbeaten, so we're pleased with that. 

"I did manage to get my head on a few corners before I scored, which was pleasing, because I haven't really managed it before now. I got good contact with one and ended up heading it straight back to Bez [James Berrett]. The one I did score from from just glanced off my head and it just shows that it's usually the ones you don't make the best contact with that go in the back of the net."

"The equaliser was really disappointing," he conceded. "At the time I didn't think I could get to the ball because it was too short. "I've watched it again this morning [Sunday] and I think if I did win it then I would have given away a free kick. Leon [McSweeney] was on the cover and I think he was expecting some sort of touch. That put him on the back foot and their lad just nipped in front of him."

"Obviously we were disappointed with conceding again but we have to look at the positives," he insisted. "We could easily have come away with nothing. We go into the Morecambe game unbeaten in four now and we'd all love to make that five."

"I obviously struggled with injuries during pre-season but I'm feeling good again," he said. "I've had a few tough games but I'm feeling like I'm there now. There's a really positive feeling around the dressing room at the moment because we've got a game plan and we're all sticking to it. At the moment it's bringing us the results."

And on the Sunday morning training session, he said: "The lads all know that being in on a Sunday is part of our recovery. That is especially the case when we've got a game on Tuesday. We all make sure we warm down and stretch off so we're ready to go again against Morecambe." 

"I think teams at this level always look to the JPT as being a great chance to get to Wembley," he told us. "It's a winnable game on Tuesday and we'll go there with that mentality. They're a good side, so they'll be thinking the same, so it's one we'll have to do right."

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