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Bittersweet feelings for Onariase after first goal

23 November 2020

Defender Emmanuel Onariase addressed the 1-1 draw against Morecambe last weekend, in which he scored his first goal for the club.

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The 24-year-old notched in the 80th minute, but United conceded late in the second half of the game after some Morecambe pressure to thwart a third clean win and victory in a row.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “We’re all gutted after working hard and putting in the shift the whole game and to concede so late it is upsetting, but we keep marching forward."

United had gained seven points out of nine in a week, and Onariase reflected: “If a week ago you said seven points out of nine points given how we started, everyone would have taken that, so if you put that into perspective and you take the positives out of it. It's a decent result."

Speaking about the match as a whole, he said: “I was happy to get the goal first and foremost. I thought we defended well, we defended for long periods of time too - especially in the second half. 

“It's just a bit frustrating to concede so late, because we're big on keeping clean sheets and that's our mentality now to keep clean sheets as much as possible, even if we’re winning three nil, not to concede a goal to make it 3-1."

He added: “The fact we conceded to make it 1-1, it is a bit upsetting as a defensive unit. But as we said we keep marching forward and there is nothing we can do about that now; we have just got to look forward.” 

Onariase spoke further about his goal and how thrilling it was to get one, adding: “It felt good, nothing better than a tap in! I was happy to get a goal and hopefully I can get a few more this season.

“One of the first things the manager said when he came in was that in this league if you do well with set-pieces you're going to be right up there, and if you're bad at set-pieces you're going to be right down there. So set-pieces are important."

He also mentioned the team and how high the spirits are compared to a few weeks back: “It feels more solid, we've just got that rigid mindset about us. We’re compact as a team and if anyone's going to get a goal against us, they are going to have to work hard for it. We're just going to keep on working hard.” 

United have another game on Tuesday against Bolton, and he said: “It’s hard, having Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday - but that’s what the league demands. It’s nice we get five substitutes now, so every single player on the pitch knows that you give 100 per cent for as long as possible and the gaffer has the scope to going to bring someone else on to change for you. 

“We just need to get ourselves ready for the game on Tuesday, prepare right, rest right and go again on Tuesday."

He added: “It is always nice when the team is doing well. It is a positive feeling and a positive vibe, so we just need to keep that going and staying there stay in that zone.”

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