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INTERVIEW: Shaun desperate to get off the mark

Whalley relishing trip to league leaders Plymouth Argyle

7 October 2022

Shaun Whalley is looking for his first goal after his return to Accrington Stanley in the summer – and the 35-year-old hopes he can get off the mark at table topping Plymouth.

The winger has made 14 appearances for the Reds in this campaign after first spending two seasons with Stanley in 2006-8.

He admits the ninth placed Reds, despite three League One wins on the bounce, will go to Home Park as underdogs. The Pilgrims have a formidable home record, winning seven of their eight home games – the other was a draw.

“It’s a great game for us, Plymouth are in unbelievable form and I have seen their home record and who they have beaten at home, they will be massive favourites on Saturday,” said Whalley.

“The crowd will expect another home win but we will try our best and that’s where the manager’s attitude is outstanding in that we will go down there and have a go. We won’t sit back and take a beating, we will have a go and see what happens.”

He admits, after three defeats in the previous games, the three victories have changed the atmosphere around the Wham Stadium.

And it’s been done with a big injury list – with strikers Matt Lowe, Kody Adedoyin, Touray Sisay and Josh Woods all in the treatment room.

“The last three wins have given the place a real lift, everyone is in a much more positive mood. It’s just a better place to be.

“We have had a bit of luck which you need in football but we always have a go at teams.

“Tommy Leigh done fantastic playing up front, he may not be a recognised centre forward if you like but he has been outstanding and works as hard as anyone.

“For the more attack-minded players, me, Sean (McConville), Tommy and Joe (Pritchard),  it’s a case of trying to score as many as we can and create as many as we can and work hard as hard as we can and that’s what we have been doing.

“I can play a lot of different positions - winger, striker and I played centre midfield for most of last season. Sean can play either side, Tommy can play up front but it’s a case of playing where you get asked and being the best you can.

“I am enjoying it here, it’s a great club and things are going well. I do want to get on the scoresheet, it’s something that’s missing at the minute.

“I have had a few chances. I obviously had a decent goalscoring record in League One over the last few seasons but I want to get off the mark as soon as possible.”

The full pre-match interview with Shaun Whalley is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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