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O'Connor eyeing a push up the table

13 January 2023

Interviews

O'Connor eyeing a push up the table

13 January 2023

Lee O’Connor took time out of his week to speak to the local press ahead of the fixture at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

O’Connor spoke about the January Transfer Window from a players’ perspective, the league table, his National Team prospects and his former clubs, as well as his ambitions with Tranmere.

He opened the press conference by talking about January Transfer Window from a player’s point of view, and how speculation can make the window a hectic period.

“I try and stay away from that type of thing, but it is a hectic period. You never know who is going to come and go – it’s not a difficult period, it’s more of a strange period. I do like that there are certain windows, and in between those windows, you have a settled squad.”

The midfielder spoke about last weekend’s draw at home to Sutton United, describing the game as one that he thought that they would win, after going a goal ahead.

“We probably didn’t start the game well, but we bounced back after going 1-0 down, and after we went a goal down, we played very well. At 2-1, I think everyone thought that we were going to win the game, but mistakes happen in football.

“This is my third year in the league, and you can see anyone can beat anyone. It’s all about putting runs together, and that’s what we have to do now, to try and get us up the table. You saw this with Walsall and now they are climbing the table.

“I think, since I’ve been here, the league has always been super tight. Of course, you look at the table, and of course, we’d like to be higher, but it’s all about putting runs together which can push you up that table.”

O’Connor has played 20 times this season for Rovers in the centre of midfield.

“One of the reasons I made the decisions to come here was to play games. The manager has played me quite a lot this season and I just want to keep going. I think I’ve adapted to my role in midfield. It’s been a year now where I’ve played regularly in this position, and I feel like I’m still learning and it’s still relatively new to me – but I feel like I’m getting better.

O’Connor was also asked about his National Team prospects – but the midfielder thinks it is unrealistic at the minute. He added that he wanted to concentrate on club football and getting Tranmere back to League One. He was later asked if he still looked out for his former clubs, where he ‘learned his trade’ – at Celtic and Manchester United.

“I was very fortunate to play at two massive clubs, however, that’s in the past now, and I’m concentrating on Tranmere. We hope to achieve promotion. I think that’s all the fans want and that’s all we want. I look back on the last two years without regrets but with the chances we had to go up, we were right up there both years, so we look to get revenge this year.”

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