Brad Jones spoke to Josh Staunton about his thoughts on his individual performance as well as the overall display in the 2-0 victory over Hartlepool at the Shay.
“It was a different game to Saturday, they (Hartlepool) are quite hard to play against the way they set up with the diamond in midfield, I think to be fair the first half an hour we didn’t adjust to it too well, last 15 minutes in the first half we got more of a foothold in the game and stopped them playing through us so easily, and I thought second half we matched them.”
“I think we got hold of their number eight better in the midfield, because they were playing through us a bit and the gaffer addressed that at half time and got us working better as a pair to try and nullify that threat and I think once we took that away from them, they went round the side of us but we defended our box well and put bodies on the line and they couldn’t break us down.”
Josh explained how important it was for him to put the missed opportunity from the first half behind him to score after the break.
“It was one of them, I probably had a bit too long, I watching it come and I was thinking where I am going to put it and I completely mistimed it, come off the side of my head. But to be fair, it’s not the greatest end to score at (North Stand), the first goal of the season up the other end (South Stand) is a much better feeling and it gave me a few extra yards in the sprint to get up the other end. I had some rectifying to do but the boys were alright.”
Staunton expressed his eagerness to get out and play again on Saturday after a fantastic start to the season.
“We’re feeling very confident as you’ve seen today it was a different kind of game, they stopped us getting on the ball as much and we had to grind out and nullify them and I think it shows that we’ve adjusted and we can do both sides of the game, so I think it’s encouraging signs and the group’s confident, the changing room is on a real high at the moment so we’ve just got to push forward for next Saturday.”
The midfielder is hopeful he can provide more goals to his game this campaign after opening his account against Hartlepool.
“Yes, I hope so. I got two last season so to get one early on is nice and I’m just trying to get in the box a bit more when it’s on the other side and be clinical in both boxes so hopefully I can push for a few more for the season.”
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