DEFENDER Sean McGinty joked before Saturday’s match against Macclesfield Town that he had got his ‘one for the season’ after scoring against Forest Green Rovers on Boxing Day. The imposing defender made it two for the season on Saturday when he powered a downward header past goalkeeper Scott Flinders in the 50th minute to draw United level.
“In the 1st half I think we started pretty well,” said McGinty.
“It was a pretty even for the first 15/20 minutes. Then we made a couple of errors and I think that put us on the back foot a little bit. We gave away a few corners and a few silly free-kicks in decent areas for them.
“Brendan pulled off a few decent saves and I think that gave them confidence. They got their goal from a corner where I think the corner taker has actually shot on goal. Unfortunately it came out to their player.
McGinty hopes that the equalizer marks a turning point in United’s season.
“Earlier on in the season we may have let our heads go and not been able to find a way back in to the game.
“We went in at half-time and we had the belief. We knew we had the ability to get back into the game and that’s exactly what we did.
“The Gaffer has always told us to attack different areas and to try and get across your man. The two goals I have actually scored have been in the same end and in the same position. I have pulled off at the back post and got across my man and powered it down and thankfully it went past the ‘keeper and it got us back level. I was really pleased with it.
“I think we definitely deserved a point and we could have got a little bit more at the end of the game. We were really pushing for a winner and Dan Sparkes put in a great ball into the box at the end and if we had gotten something on it then we might have even won it.
“I’m gutted we didn’t get a clean sheet but hopefully that will come on Saturday against Barrow.
McGinty had a new partner in central defence on Saturday with Myles Anderson given his first start. Sean was impressed with what he saw:
“I was very impressed with him. I thought he was very professional leading up to the game. He trained on Friday and we worked on a few tactics and the way we were going to play together. We talked before the game and I think it worked very well.
“He reads the game very well and first and foremost he defends and that’s what the Gaffer wants. He’s a leader and that’s what the Gaffer wants him to be.”