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INTERVIEW: Aaron's goal is Wembley

Loan striker aims to add to Papa Johns Trophy tally

22 February 2023

Aaron Pressley aims to continue his goalscoring streak and help Accrington Stanley to Wembley.

The Brentford loan striker scored a double in the Papa Johns Trophy quarter-final at Lincoln, before a penalty win, which led to tonight’s semi-final clash with Bolton Wanderers at the Wham Stadium.

The 21-year-old has also scored twice in League One since his January move – including the winner in the 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury on Saturday which moved the Reds out of the relegation places.

“I am really enjoying being here,” said Pressley. “It was a big result on Saturday to get us out of the relegation zone.

“I have played a lot of minutes and that’s thanks to the manager and the staff who are putting their trust in me to play games straight away and for the players helping me to settle in.

“Every game brings a different test and I am relishing every game.”

He knows that reaching Wembley would be a dream for him and all the Reds’ players.

“It would be unbelievable. I would love to play at Wembley. Bolton is a massive game for us and, if we perform at our best, then we can get there.

“Bolton are a great side and we need to  be fully prepared, as we have been over the last few days. It would be massive for the club to get to Wembley, it’s a dream to play there.”

Since arriving, Pressley has been involved in the League One relegation battle and also had the highs of facing Premier League Leeds United in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

“You learn to deal with pressure as a footballer, every game brings a different pressure and that’s the exciting thing about football. It’s a nice feeling when you go out and perform and come off that pitch feeling like you have done yourself proud.

“We need to score more goals and create more chances and I need to convert them. If I can keep doing that and getting the service behind me from the team then we will be fine.

“We had a big game against Leeds in FA Cup and now this is a nice game. It takes us away from league football and gives us a release from the pressure of relegation battle and, as underdogs, if we go out there and give our best performance we can believe we can beat Bolton.”

He knows the fans can play their part too.

“They make so much noise behind the goal, they turn up every week considering we are in relegation zone, it’s an unbelievable atmosphere.

“It’ been great on away trips too – the fans haven’t stopped singing and that’s credit to them.”

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

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