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Conneely: Obviously it’s very disappointing

Stanley captain Seamus Conneely discusses the 1-1 draw with Blackpool

22 September 2019

Accrington Stanley captain Seamus Conneely explained that although the side were disappointed to concede late on in the 1-1 draw against Blackpool, himself and the rest of the squad need to concentrate fully on the upcoming away trip to face Southend United.

Stanley’s captain admitted that he didn’t think it was the greatest of games, but that he also thought they’d done enough to deserve the three points.

“Obviously it’s very disappointing, I don’t think it was a great game and I don’t think either side performed as well as they would have liked to.

“One thing we said before the game was that we need a result and we don’t really mind how it comes, when you’re down the bottom like we are, you just need results.

“It seemed to be going to plan, we got a scrappy goal, both sides missed a couple of chances but it looked like we were defending well and they didn’t create a lot in the second half.

“We’ve fallen asleep a little bit and the lad’s bent it in the corner, fair play to him it’s a great finish, a quarter of an inch the other way and it bounces out, but these are the way things go and we’ve got to dust ourselves off and move on.”

Stanley have taken the lead during their last four games yet haven’t won any of them, and the midfielder said that the squad know that they have to look at themselves regarding this.

“I think you can even go back to the last four, we’ve taken the lead in the last four games, we led against Bristol Rovers, we led against Sunderland, led obviously against Wycombe (Wanderers) and we’ve led here, and won none of them.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves for that, we’ve always been a good team when we’ve gone in the lead ever since I’ve been here.

“We kind of crave that, going in the lead and getting the opposition to open up against us because you need to when you’re losing, you have to come out more and we can just pick them off.”

Conneely went on to say that a point against The Seasiders wouldn’t have been a disaster, but that he thought Sean McConville had added that crucial second goal when he cut inside and hit a shot just wide of the far post.

“Before the game we might’ve taken a draw, we want to win our home games but they’re going home happier, their fans are going home much happier.

“We’re going back home feeling flat, it’s a point but it’s another game unbeaten and we’ll focus on Southend now.

“We’ve had a couple of chances, we should have gone two nil up, Sean’s done that classic McConville thing where he’s bent one in, and I’m just waiting for the net to bulge, then thinking this is it.”


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