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McConville: we could've won

21 December 2015

Stanley winger Sean McConville feels the weekend point at Stevenage could possibly have been all three.

The Reds fell behind inside the opening minute at the Lamex Stadium but battled back to level through Billy Kee's late penalty.

And John Coleman's side were good value for at least a draw in McConville's opinion.

“I think we could've gone on to win it,” he said. “We started sloppily and conceded early which should never happen then after a bit of scrappy first half we didn't come out for the first ten minutes of the second half but switched the formation got back into the game and got the goal. I thought if anyone was going to go on and win it then it would have been us.

“When goals go in that early I always think that it's going to be a high scoring game. I'm always confident that we are going to score goals so I don't think any of the lads let their heads drop. In the first half things weren't falling for us but I think the pitches are turning now and we like to get the ball down and play but we have to know when to do that.

“We didn't do that right in the first half even though we had a few chances, I think Josh went through and should have scored and Billy Kee had a chance and fell over but in the second half we approached the game better, with more energy and we deserved the equaliser.

“I thought Terry Gornell came on and was superb. Their centre backs were quite comfortable against one striker but when we got the two up front I thought the game swung in our favour. It's a good point away from home if we beat Carlisle now.”

McConville played a crucial role in winning the penalty that levelled things up and thought it was never in doubt once referee Darren England had pointed to the spot.

“I was left wing back at that time and I just thought I'd try to get across the right back and cut in. As I got across the winger came in and put his arms in the air and I thought it was a stonewall penalty to be honest. The ref was right on top of it.

“I said to Josh it was probably disappointing that he'd gone off because he's been scoring penalties and I'm sure he would have tucked this one away as well but fair play to Billy, it takes bottle to pick up the ball at 1-0 and put it away as calmly as he did.”


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