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GINNELLY TARGETING REGULAR STARTING BERTH

6 October 2016

Winger impressed in Tuesday's Trophy victory...

Burnley loanee Josh Ginnelly is hoping his performance at Sheffield United in the Checkatrade Trophy will lead to a regular starting berth. 

The 19-year-old winger was handed just his second Saddlers start at Bramall Lane and impressed both offensively and defensively. 

Ginnelly, who worked tirelessly throughout, tested Blades keeper Simon Moore with a curling right-footed strike and also created a clear chance for Amadou Bakayoko with a pinpoint cross. 

And now the former Shrewsbury man is determined to kick-on from his performance and cement a place in the first-team. 

“I was pleased with my performance and I enjoyed myself,” said Coventry-born Ginnelly, who was on Aston Villa’s books as a youngster. 

“Being out the squad is tough, we’ve got a lot of good players and there is a lot of competition for places. 

“But you just have to keep going, work hard and keep doing the right things because if you do get your chance you have to take it. You can’t afford to be sloppy. 

“I’m a young lad but my ambition is to play for the first-team. I want to play first-team football for the rest of my career. 

“But when things don’t go my way I have to react a lot better than how I did at the start. 

“I’m learning now. I know that is just the way the game goes sometimes. I have got keep proving myself to the manager that I will work hard. 

“There are a lot of young players here who are playing so that is a great incentive for me. George Dobson is playing and he is really enjoying his football. 

“I want to be playing alongside him. That is my ambition to hopefully start playing every game.” 

Ginnelly thoroughly enjoyed playing at a venue like Bramall Lane and was delighted to help the team record a positive result. 

“To come away to such a big place like Sheffield United – the stadium is immaculate – and to win and get through to the second round of the competition, I am buzzing,” he said. 

“I felt we were the better side and deserved the win. We work a lot on our shape and it’s so important when you come away from home that your shape is good. 

“That is what we set out to do. We wanted to be nice and compact when out of possession and expansive when in possession and get at them.”

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