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O'CONNOR: IMPORTANT TO BUILD ON SHEFF UTD WIN

1 December 2016

Defender praises teammates after Blades victory...

Vice-captain James O’Connor says it is “massively important” that we build on our battling 1-0 victory over Sheffield United. 

Amadou Bakayoko’s first-half goal – his seventh of an impressive breakthrough season - proved the difference on a memorable evening in South Yorkshire. 

Victory – our first in six league outings - moved us to within three points of the play-offs, and O’Connor believes it is essential that we use it as a springboard for further success. 

“It’s massively important we build on this result,” said the experienced defender. 

“We’ve got a break now with no game this weekend and had we gone into it on the back of a defeat, then it could have had a negative effect on the season. 

“But we can use it the other way now. Hopefully we can clear up a few little niggles, freshen up, and really kick-start our season.” 

The Bramall Lane triumph came exactly a week after the defeat at Rochdale – and O’Connor was keen to praise his teammates for responding so positively. 

“You look back seven days at how low everyone was after Rochdale - you’re not going to simply kick a ball and play great football all of a sudden,” O’Connor added. 

“It starts with hard work and application, and we showed that in abundance [at Sheff Utd]. 

“The effort from the boys was absolutely different class. We were obviously under a lot more pressure than we would have liked, but we put our bodies on the line.”

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