Midfielder on last night's game.
He might have got through last night’s game against Cirencester with no reaction to his recent knee injury, but midfielder Seanan Clucas did end up in hospital last night and arrived at the training ground with three staples in a head wound this morning.
He began the second half with a huge bandage around his head following a clash of heads with a Cirencester player in the opening period, which necessitated a hospital visit and those three staples!
Having been out of action for seven months with a cruciate ligament injury, he wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet in this first round GFA Senior Challenge Cup tie, opening the scoring after just 15 minutes.
“Obviously, it was good to get back out there after such a long time on the sidelines, and I managed to get an hour under my belt.”
The goal was a bonus, though he had already told his father he would score!
“It was my Dad’s birthday and I told him, in jest, I would score and I managed it!”
The good news is that the knee stood up to the test of playing in a competitive game.
“There’s been no reaction at all; my knee felt strong throughout and I felt quite sharp. I do need to build up my match fitness, though, and I think a couple more games will get me close to the level I want to be at.
“I’ll be looking to play in as many games as possible. We face Watford next week in a U-21 game, but I don’t yet know if I’ll be travelling to Southend this Friday; that’s down to the gaffer. I just want to keep playing games now and get as many minutes under my belt as I possibly can.”
The midfield three of Seanan, Matt Gill and Ollie Norburn all contributed to a comfortable victory last night.
“Matt’s experience and the way he spoke to everyone pulled us through, while ‘Norbs’ has enjoyed a run of first team games recently and it was good to play alongside them.
“They are players who like to get the ball down and play and I think that helped me. We rotated quite well and I thought that the three of us, and the team, did well on the night.”
He withstood a couple of crunching challenges, and appeared to relish the opportunity of coming out of a number of strong challenges with the ball.
“I’ve been doing that in training from the word go and had I held back then I might well have got injured again, so I think it was best to get stuck in from the off.”