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Finley: We need to bounce back

17 August 2018

Sam Finley is hoping to help Stanley bounce back tomorrow as they take on Charlton Athletic at the Wham Stadium.

The midfielder, signed from AFC Fylde in the summer, scored his first Stanley goal in the 6-1 loss to Mansfield in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

He admitted the scoreline was a shock in his first full start for the Reds but he hopes they can put that behind them and turn on the style at home tomorrow.

"It was a strange game on Tuesday as I scored after six minutes and I think it was our first attack. Then in no time we were 3-1 down and the game went beyond us.

"For me it was bitter-sweet as it was good to get my first goal but it was a terrible defeat for the lads and now we need to bounce back."

Finley has impressed when coming off the bench in the two league games so far this season, and has been pleased with his step up from non-league to League One.

"I am made up with how it has gone. I have always believed in my ability but it's a worry about making the step up and you also need the backing of the management and the gaffer, Jimmy (Bell) and the coaching staff have all backed me.

"I felt I did alright in pre-season and proved myself in training. I was rewarded with a start on Tuesday and hopefully there are more to come."

Stanley face Charlton tomorrow for the first time in the league and Finley admits it's been a quick introduction to life in the EFL.

"It's amazing to be thinking about Charlton. I am a mad Liverpudlian and not so long ago I was watching Liverpool play Charlton in the Premier League.

"I am relishing it. The cup defeat was a shock but we need to get it out of our system. It's our second home game, we know we didn't do as well as we should have against Gillingham but there were reasons for that.

"We played well at Bristol Rovers and I don't think many teams will go there and get three points. We want to put Mansfield behind us and show what we can do tomorrow."


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