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Pritchard: My goal on Tuesday was for Sean

Stanley's Joe Pritchard looks ahead to Saturday's clash with Ipswich Town

9 January 2020

Accrington Stanley midfielder Joe Pritchard admitted that his goal on Tuesday night against Fleetwood Town was for his injured teammate Sean McConville.

McConville was ruled out for the season after sustaining a ruptured Achilles in the defeat to Rochdale, and Pritchard explained how he has spent the first half of the campaign studying the way the Reds winger plays.

"Sean was in a good run of form and you want him to be in the team, so myself and all of the other lads now have to rise to the challenge.

"I've watched him this season and I've tried learning from him, and my goal on Tuesday was for Sean as I came in at the back post like he does."

The 23-year-old also admitted that he is trying to take qualities from every other player in the dressing room, and he knows that he's currently at an important stage in his career.

"I like to learn off every other player and the majority of my game has come from watching Sean McConville.

"I learn a lot from Sam Finley and Mark Hughes, and I want to put all of their qualities into my game.

"I think I put a lot of pressure on myself and my opinion as a player is that if you have a good start to your career, then I think that you can reach a decent level for the rest of your career."

Pritchard has operated primarily as a winger for the Reds so far this season, and he explained how he has enjoyed the switch out wide since joining the club.

"I've never really played in wide positions before as I've always played in the centre of midfield.

"I'm learning the role, but I think it does suit the way I play and I've really enjoyed it this season."

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder has scored two goals for Stanley so far this season, but he is hoping to add to his tally in 2020.

"I had only scored one up until Christmas, and it was a good goal but I'd have rather had five or six smaller goals.

"The goal the other night has set off my 2020, and I feel like it's set me up to have a good year."

Stanley went unbeaten during the month of December and Pritchard feels as though that form is a reflection on how the Reds have actually played for a large part of the season.

"I think the form that we had was a reflection on how we've actually played.

"We we're playing well and the form in December was a reward for how we have played the rest of the season."


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