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Spot-On Sadlier Adds To His Tally

January signing takes responsibility to earn Whites a point

6 April 2022

Kieran Sadlier was delighted to add to his goal tally for Wanderers as his penalty capped another successful fightback by Ian Evatt’s men.

Sadlier stroked home a 76th-minute spot-kick to earn a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

The January signing was eager to take on penalty-taking duties and beat Pompey’s Gavin Bazunu to avenge a save from the Republic of Ireland international keeper when the pair met in the League of Ireland four years ago.

“Obviously, I’m pleased with the goal,” said Sadlier.

“I want to try and score as many goals as I possibly can.

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“I’ve always taken penalties at whatever club I’ve been at I’ve always tried to take them.

“I’m confident from those [penalties] and set-pieces as you can see from the free-kicks.

“So yeah, I was confident and wanted to step up and take this one.”

Sadlier had been denied by Bazunu during the pair's days with Shamrock Rovers and Cork City, respectively.

But there was no mistake this time as the former Doncaster and Rotherham forward marked his first home start for the Whites with the goal that cancelled out Aiden O’Brien’s 50th-minute opener.

“I thought we played well in spells,” added Sadlier, who showed his versatility by operating in a right wing-back role and providing one of Wanderers' main attacking threats.

“There were obviously a few injuries, which I thought disrupted the flow of the game for us.

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“When we go one-nil down, I feel as though we’re never out of the game, as we score late all the time.

“But when you’re at home, it’s frustrating, as you want to go one or two up and finish strong and control the game.

“We’re playing for a big club, and we’ve got good players, so the draw is disappointing in that aspect.

“But it is important that we didn’t lose the game.”

The result kept Wanderers just outside the top 10 on  goal difference but with another big game to come when fifth-placed Sheffield Wednesday are up next at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday.

And it’s another fixture Sadlier is looking forward to playing a part in.

“They’re a good team,” stated Sadlier, who played under current Wednesday manager Darren Moore during his time at Doncaster.

“They play some lovely football and they’ll come here wanting to play that and wanting to win.

“We are two massive clubs and there’s only one direction we both want to go in, so it should be a good game.”

Watch Kieran's post-match interview HERE


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