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Sheehan Battles Through

27 October 2013

Defender Alan Sheehan may have been out of position on Saturday but he delivered a Man of the Match performance against Preston North End, despite not being 100 per cent.

The left-back was required to perform at the heart of defence in the 1-0 defeat to the Lilywhites, as Dean Leacock (illness), Haydn Hollis and Manny Smith (both injured) watched on from the sidelines. 

Sheehan was carrying an injury himself but that did not stop him from producing an impressive performance alongside stand-in skipper Gary Liddle. 

The Irishman was happy with his display but left frustrated by a third league loss on the bounce.  

“It’s sore and I felt it after about half an hour, it’s just one of the old injuries – the scar tissue,” he said. 

“It stops me from running and I’m hobbling around, but you don’t really want to come off because you’ve got unfinished business.

“It’s good to get Man of the Match but gutted not to get the three points and the clean sheet because I think we deserved it.”

He added: “It was a battle and I just wanted to see the game through. 

“We’re just not getting the rub of the green at the moment. 

“I think for large parts we were the better team in that game but we just didn’t have the killer edge.

“That’s the difference, they had a goal that was a shot that fell to one of their players and I don’t really remember them having too many chances apart from that.

“We need to be more clinical because it’s not about the performance again so we need to stick together.”

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