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Onariase makes his return

18 January 2021

Defender Emmanuel Onariase reacted to the loss at Barrow on Saturday after he returned to the side.

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After sitting out since Boxing Day with an ankle injury, the 24-year-old was glad to be back playing for United but is seeking to return to winning ways as quickly as possible.

He came on as a half-time siubstitute for fellow defender Harrison McGahey, who was also making a return from injury.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “It’s nice to be back. I had a few weeks off because of my injury but I’ve just been doing my rehab and working hard on getting it right, so I’m happy that I’ve got some game time again to get back into it. The conditions weren’t the best, the second half wasn’t great either with the type of game it was, but it was still good to get back out there.”

Analysing the game overall, he expressed that more needs to be done. He said: “We take the frustration, and we need to turn it into motivation. We’ve got the desire and the hunger to do more. Every player needs to do more, each and every one of us. We need to turn all of that frustration and energy into hard work, desire and we must do better in the next game. 

“In this game we had possession from a throw in and we ended up getting counter-attacked (for the Barrow goal) and it’s not good enough. We should be doing better than that, so it’s very frustrating to concede like that."

United are now halfway through the season with 23 games left. Reflecting on that, he said: “I think we have got a lot of work to do as a team, but we have got the players for it and we have got the passion. We all look around ourselves and we know shouldn’t be where we are, but for one thing or another, we are here so we need to sort it out. We are not where we want to be, and we need that drive in us to make us do more. I think that’s biggest thing from it. We must turn frustration into desire.”

The team are now gearing up for another derby day as they take on Grimsby Town at home on Saturday (1pm kick-off).

He said: “We have still got another half of the season, and plenty of games to go, so we need to stay positive as much as we can. It’s not great now after the last couple of games, but we need to clear our heads for Monday and start preparing for the big game on Saturday. That’s all we can do, there is nothing we can do about the past, it’s gone now. We just need to analyse it and break it down on Monday and then go again for Saturday.

“Everything is building up and we need to let it out, and Saturday will be a good time to let out that frustration and really get a result - for the fans, the club and for our season.”

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