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EXCLUSIVE | Shawn McCoulsky believes Exiles will bounce-back from defeat to Luton Town

2 October 2017

Striker Shawn McCoulsky made a late substitute appearance in the 3-1 defeat to Luton Town on Saturday.

The Bristol City loanee was brought on with 12 minutes to go at Kenilworth Road, for his second substitute appearance since returning from injury.

McCoulsky had previously been missing since the Carabao Cup exit to Leeds United with a hip-flexor problem.

Prior to his injury, McCoulsky had been on a rich vein of goal scoring form, with three goals in his opening two matches.

He netted the dramatic 94th minute equaliser at Stevenage on the opening day, before his double saw the Exiles shock Southend United in the Carabao Cup.

Post-Match, McCoulsky spoke exclusively to iFollow Exiles about the Luton game, the strength in depth of the County front-line and his thoughts ahead of returning to Rodney Parade to face Yeovil Town next weekend.  

 

On the Luton game…

“First-half, I would say that we weren’t really up to pace with them.

“They came out very strong, took their chances very well which put us on the back foot because three goals in the first half is obviously disappointing.

“I think we came out much better in the second half and if we had started like that then you never know, the result could have been different.”

 

On trying to impact the game from the bench…

“When I came on we didn’t really have as much possession on the ball as we did first-half so it was more of an in-behind game, trying to get a last minute goal and potentially an equaliser.

“It was kind of tough for me but I just have to try and impact on the game as much as possible in the future.”

 

On returning to Rodney Parade to face Yeovil Town next weekend…

“We just have to go into the match like our previous games which we have won and forget about this game.

“We need to leave this game behind and try and go as strong as we can.

“It will be good to have a week’s rest and then obviously go into Saturday’s game fresh.

“It will be good to return home next week in-front of our fans.  We’ve been very good at home, haven’t lost there so hopefully we can keep that run going and keep pushing on.”

 

On the strength in depth of the front-line

“Everyone wants to play. I got off to a very good start, scoring three goals in two games but then picked up a little niggle on my hip-flexor which kept me out for a while.

“When I was ready to return, the team was doing very well previous to this game, Frank was scoring, Podge was scoring so as a striker it was going to be tough to get back in.

“It is good having five attacking options because everyone wants to play for a place so when someone slips up, there is an opportunity for you and you just have to keep working hard and keep grafting in training.

“I just have to keep training hard and then when I get my opportunity then I have to take it.”

 

On how he has settled into life with the Exiles and his targets for the season…

“The boys have taken me in very well.

“I had that good scoring start at the beginning so everything has been going very well. I just have to keep working hard and try and get back into that team.

“Every year I set myself targets which I’d rather keep to myself but definitely as a striker there’s a goal target and also to help the team. With goals come wins so we have to try to do that as much as possible.”


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