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Lessons to be learnt says O'Connor

3 October 2021


Lessons to be learnt says O'Connor

3 October 2021

Skipper Anthony O’Connor says the Shrimps will learn from their mistakes following Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers.

The Shrimps got off to a perfect start on four minutes thanks to Alfie McCalmont’s first goal of the campaign, which was doubled in the 26th minute when Adam Phillips found the back of the net.

However, a dominant second half display from the hosts culminated in a last-minute Curtis Thompson winner, and O’Connor felt disappointed at the nature of the defeat.

“It’s a young group in our dressing room,” he said.

“There’s only the likes of myself, Toums, Scotty, there’s good heads in there with experience, but there are a lot of young boys as well, and they’ll learn from that.

“You can use it now as a positive to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We were total opposite in the first half, we looked so hard to beat and so solid, the timing of the [Wycombe’s] goals don’t help because it just gives them a leg up.

“We said it in the dressing room, don’t give them any encouragement, and that’s exactly what we did, we need to learn to be so much better in those circumstances.”

Despite the disappointment of defeat at Adams Park, the 28-year-old says the team will not be feeling sorry for themselves and will look to put things right at the earliest opportunity. 

O’Connor added: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves now, we’re absolutely gutted, make no bones about it.

“All I can do is apologise on behalf of the lads, and apologise to the fans, they came down again and supported us all the way and clapped us off the pitch even at the end.

“The goals are there for us and we’ve kept a few clean sheets, but there’s been too many games where we’ve left too many soft goals in, and us as a whole team, we have to take that as a collective that we have to be so much better and so much more solid.

“We need to put things right.”

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