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Dunne praises Reds spirit

4 February 2018

Jimmy Dunne says despite going two goals behind he always believed that Stanley would come back to win against Stevenage yesterday afternoon.

Two goals from Sean McConville and one from Billy Kee saw the Reds fight back from 2-0 down, to win 3-2, for the second successive home game.

20-year-old Dunne made his first Reds start since his loan move from Burnley, and the defender insists the spirit and character in the side pulled them through.

"This was my first start but I've seen the lads fall behind and come back before, so I knew it could happen again," he said. "Really, I never felt like we were going to lose the game. There's so much team spirit, even when we went two down I felt as though we would come back and win.

"That's a great spirit to have and it's great that all of the lads here have that character. But at the same time, I don't know how long we can get away with going two goals down and clawing it back to take all three points.

"I think we need to concentrate on keeping clean sheets and allowing the rest of the lads do what they do best, which is scoring goals."

Dunne, making his first starting in the Football League, joined Mark Hughes in the heart of the Stanley defence and the youngster has praised his teammate.

"I thought he was outstanding," said Dunne. "He was talking me through the entire game and his experience really really showed. His head never went down, he stayed calm and kept working hard.

"I'm learning so much from him and the other experienced lads in the side, like Scotty [Brown] and Sean [McConville], they all played a huge part. Sean's free-kick was unbelievable to get us going again."

Stanley were roared to victory by a huge Wham Stadium atmosphere and Dunne praised the role played by the Reds support.

"The fans were amazing in dragging us over the line," he added. "They were screaming and shouting the entire 90 minutes. I think when you can hear them and they are really getting behind the team it makes such a big difference to us."


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