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Great character in squad says winger

18 September 2018

Sean McConville says the character of the Stanley squad is second-to-none – shown by the way they have battled back after going behind to take something from six League One games this season.

But he knows they need to help themselves by not giving soft goals away and end up chasing games.

“The character of this squad is not in question,” said McConville.

“We have gone behind in the last five or six games and we keep conceding the first goal. That's something we have been harping on about every game, stop conceding the first goal.

“If we get the first goal, like we did a lot of times last year, then we usually go on and win.

“We have got to strive to get the first goal but to go behind in the last five or six games, the character we have shown to come back and at least get a draw – and we should have won some of the games - is testament to the spirit of the group. We have got to keep that going throughout the season.”

The Reds are creating chances – and the winger knows they need to take them to give them the early boost.

“It is frustrating, you only have to sit in the changing rooms after the game, it's as frustrating as hell when you are creating chances and they are not going in - they are getting deflections, the keeper is pulling off great saves or putting them over the bar, it's very frustrating.

“It's not something we don't work on in the week but it's something you can't emulate in game situations, it's different to training. You can finish all you like in training but put yourself in a game situation, it is different. We know if we start taking our chances, we will start climbing the table.”

Now the focus is on chalking up the first League One win at home this season – starting with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday at the Wham Stadium.

“The away performances have been a tiny bit better than the home performances,” he said.

“At home we haven't been as great as we have been away so it's something we will look at this week going into Wimbledon and we will aim to get three points against them.”

And McConville hopes to add to his three goal tally so far.

“I always say I want to get into double figures and I am on my way there.

“Hopefully I will get into double figures and emulate my goals and assist ratio from last season in League Two into League One.”


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