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O'Connor: It was just one of them nights

18 October 2019

Michael O’Connor believes the Imps proved they are hard to beat after finishing Friday’s goalless draw against Shrewsbury with ten men.

The experienced midfielder explained how the side are disappointed not to have won but can take positives from their performance as they keep their second clean sheet in three games.

“I thought that they came to frustrate us, especially with the five at the back and three in the middle. Their game plan worked, but for the first half an hour we looked on top,” said O’Connor.

“We went down to ten men in the second half with 15 minutes to go, so to get a clean sheet in the end is a positive.

“All the lads are disappointed that we didn’t get all three points, we are at home and we want to win every game at home, but over the weekend we will look back and it will be a good point considering we finished with ten men.

“We have kept two clean sheets in the last three so it has been good so far but we just want to pick up some more points.”

The 32-year-old continued by discussing life under Michael Appleton, explaining how the side are keen to please their manager:

“When the gaffer first came in he said he wants us to be hard to beat and to keep more clean sheets.

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"I thought that we proved that in the last 20 minutes because we go a point on the board, but it was just one of them nights.

“He (Michael Appleton) is brilliant, he’s on the grass every day and is coaching us to be better.

“When he first came in he said he wanted five things, we are now doing that by playing attacking football and we are all buying into what he wants us to do.”

O’Connor finished by praising the City fans for their continued support saying: “It is frightening because there aren’t many teams in this league who get the support that we do.

“They have always been unbelievable from the day I stepped through the door, long may it continue.”

O'Connor and his team mates are back in action on Tuesday night at Portsmouth. Tickets and iFollow information is available here.


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