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O’Connor says draw feels like defeat

6 February 2022

Captain Anthony O’Connor says conceding a late equaliser against Bolton Wanderers feels more like defeat than a draw.

The Shrimps took the lead on 73 minutes when, after some neat build up play, the ball landed at the feet of Cole Stockton who made no mistake from close range.

With five minutes of added time played, the hosts drew level when Amadou Bakayoko fired home inside the six-yard box, extending Ian Evatt’s team’s unbeaten run to five games.

“We knew with them being down to 10 men, we could put the pressure on,” O’Connor said.

“Not long after, we scored and me and the lads were screaming ‘push forward, we’re going to score another one’ and we did, I scored what looked like a perfect goal really, I don’t know what happened.

“It’s just really disappointing that it’s come at such a late stage in what is an important game for us, every game from now until the end of the season is important.

“For us to be one nil up against 10 men, against a good side like Bolton and they’re on the back of four wins, we’re all hurt in the dressing room, it feels like bit of a defeat really.”

With games in Sky Bet League One coming thick and fast between now and the end of the campaign, the 29-year-old says they must take the positives and move on.

O’Connor continued: “We have to try and put a spin on it, we have to try and take the positives and say we’ve dominated for large parts of the game.

“We have to go into Tuesday and, if we can win [on] Tuesday, maybe it’s not so much of a bad point, but at this moment in time, it feels like a defeat.

“It looks as if we’re getting better, we’re improving, it looks as if we’re a lot more consistent now, and I said that in my last interview.

“The consistency is there now, it’s not up and down and up and down constantly, it’s just as important we keep it going now and try and keep momentum and try and get some rhythm.”


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