Shields: Guys are focused and ready – News

Sean Shields has reflected on the past week and looked ahead to Saturday’s home game against Wealdstone in the Vanarama National League (3pm kick-off).

The midfielder started by talking about his recent breakthrough in the team, saying: “I got off to a slow start here. I couldn’t play against Barnet, and then I got slightly injured, which set me back and it was a disappointment because as a new signing you want to start straight away.

“I’ve increased my minutes in the last two weeks since my debut at Boreham Wood. I got my first start against Solihull on Tuesday night, which was great. Now I’m looking to build on that and contribute to the team between now and the end of the season. season.”

Sean then reflected on Tuesday’s loss to Solihull, adding: “I felt like it was a good performance. We all have to take responsibility for not taking chances because we create a lot of openings. There we were worth more than a goal and I felt that we should have gotten something out of the game. It was bitterly disappointing to come away with a loss, especially losing it at the end, but that’s the league for you, it’s unforgiving.”

He went on to talk about carrying on Tuesday’s performance, saying: “When you’re creating chances, it’s always a positive because it gives you confidence for the next game. If you can keep doing it and hold your ground at the back, then you have a good chance of winning the game.”

He added: “I thought we defended very well in big spells the other night and got caught late. We just have to regroup, focus, keep creating chances, and I’m very confident that victory will come on Saturday. We can build on that and look to get more wins between now and the end of the season, which will be critical for us.”

On the advantage of playing at home, he said: “It’s an incredible place to play. Making my home debut here against Altrincham was a great feeling, especially culminating in the three points. There was a big buzz in the venue and I felt really good that night and for the next two days, and that’s what this venue gives you, when there’s a win, there’s such a buzz.”

He continued: “That feel-good factor carries over to all the gaming staff. We need to generate the energy from our performances to get the crowd going.”

Sean also talked about how he’s finding his way: “It’s been great. All the guys in the building have made me feel very welcome and so have the locals. I’ve been grocery shopping (in Scunthorpe) and some very nice people have come by and asked how I’ve adjusted, and I realize how important this football club is to the local community. It’s huge and so powerful in people’s everyday lives, and it gives me that extra inspiration every time I go out on the field to give it my all.”

Finally, Shields spoke about the opposition on Saturday, saying: “I have played against them for a number of years, initially in the Conference South, and for the last few years at this level. They are a very talented team, they have great attacking prowess and have been very astute with their loan signings who have mixed in with a good core of experienced players. Their league position doesn’t lie, they’ve had an excellent season so far, and we know it’s going to be a tough game, but the guys are focused and ready. We are looking for the three points tomorrow”.


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