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JOHN O'SULLIVAN | I'm still fighting for my place in the team

13 October 2020

John O'Sullivan insists he is still fighting for his place in the team despite playing every league match so far this season.

The 27-year-old has played 720 minutes already this season and with the Shrimps sitting top of league two, the winger is pleased to do his bit for the team.
 
"I'm still fighting for my place in the team, I still don't feel comfortable," said O'Sullivan.
 
"I came back for pre-season and there were a lot of new lads coming in, I was one of the few lads who the gaffer inherited with another year on my deal so I definitely felt that I had to prove myself to him, both going forward but defensively as well.
 
"We came back in and I've just got my head down, worked hard and backed myself. I love a challenge and all I want is to do well for the team and hopefully keep my place.
 
"All my youth career, playing for Ireland U19s and 21s, I always played in central midfield. I had a loan spell with Accrington at one stage and played there as a right-winger. Ever since then people have always seen me as a winger. 
 
"Here the gaffer likes the wingers to mix it up, coming inside as well as going on the outside, so it really suits me to have that freedom to do both having played centrally in the past.
 
"This season the wingers on both sides have to give a lot going forward but going the other way too. If you don't do that for this gaffer, you don't play it's as simple as that.
 
"I'm just making sure, every week that I'm working the hardest that I possibly can. I know that's a given, that you should work hard, but that's easier said sometimes when the going gets tough. You have to dig in.
 
"It's tough out there on the wings, there's a lot of responsibility defensively but you have to be the link between attack and defence. It's one of those roles where it's all action and you cannot switch off once in the game.
 
"It was rewarding having a full pre-season with the gaffer, he's got us doing exactly what he wants and as a player, if you do that he rewards you.
 
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"As a team, we play with a lot of energy throughout the whole game, if you look at our last three games, we've won 1-0 at home to Port Vale where we sat off for large spells of the game, we won at Southend coming from behind and on Saturday we responded really well after surrendering our initial lead and scored two goals.
 
"We've won in three different ways in each of those games, so it's not like we need the game to go our way in order for us to win. We can adapt our game when we need to.
 
"If we need to sit off in a game, we can do that and we're good at it. Whereas football-wise, if we need to, we can outplay teams too. 
 
"We went to Cheltenham and switched to a back-three and won the game. They've won every league game since then without conceding a goal.
 
"I think we've shown that we can win from all different types of positions against different types of teams. We're not the same type of side every week, we adapt to who we're playing and yes it's easy to say that while we're winning, we're not getting ahead of ourselves, it's still early on in the season but it has been a great start."

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