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McAleny on Oxford, John Sheridan and completing 90 minutes

28 February 2018

Conor McAleny faced the media on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the weekend’s trip to his former club Oxford United.

Here’s all the key talking points from the striker’s press conference…

On returning to Oxford United…

“I spent the second half of the season there last year. It was good, I enjoyed it. It’s a good club and I’m looking forward to going back.”

On his former teammates at the Kassam Stadium…

“There’s a few of them that got moves like John Lundstram and Chris Maguire, but there’s still a few there that I know. There’s some good players, they’ve got Ryan Ledson there, I played with him for many years at Everton so I’ll see him down there.”

On what Town can expect from United this weekend…

“There’s a lot of good footballers who pass it round pretty well, I think they did that last time we played them but I don’t think they just had that cutting edge, and we obviously capitalised with getting two goals. They’ve got some good footballers but we will get in their faces and frustrate them and I think it’ll be okay.”

On Town’s away from…

“I’m not too sure it’s in any of the lads’ minds to be honest. I think we’re just going there and this is what we need to do. Our home form hasn’t been great but I don’t think it’s down to that, I’m not too sure.

“Everyone’s got it in their minds that it needs to be fixed and get out of this rut. Getting a point on Saturday which should’ve been three points was good, so it’s a positive start.”

On what new head coach John Sheridan has brought to the team…

“New faces means everyone wants to impress, everyone’s on their toes and there’s more positivity going forward I think.

“We’ve created a lot more chances like in the MK Dons game on Saturday. If we score the first goal, it feels like we’re going to get three or four, it felt like that on the pitch. It’s a lot more positive going forward.”

On the importance of getting a point against MK Dons, and stopping the losing run…

“One hundred percent, we’re going for the win. We clawed ourselves back, credit to the lads and I thought we were going to nick it in the end.

“We had quite a few chances and I thought we were unlucky in the end. Let’s take confidence from that game and take it into Oxford now.”

On playing 90 minutes last time out…

“Personally, it gives me a boost, I’ve been crying out for 90 minutes to be honest. It felt good, I was happy. I feel fit, and strong and I can complete a 90 minutes so bring on the next one.”

On how important the fans can be in the run-in…

“It’s the twelfth man, if you see them making long journeys like the one to Yeovil, fair play to them. The lads do appreciate it and we need to start giving them something to cheer about.”


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