Sheehan | Happy But More To Come

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Josh Sheehan is back in the groove but still aiming for more as he looks to help Wanderers keep climbing.

Sheehan has been a pivotal figure for the Whites in the early part of the campaign with his form also earning the midfielder a re-call by Wales.

The 28-year-old has been involved in all of Wanderers’ League One games to date and also opened his goalscoring account with two classy finishes in the EFL Trophy a week ago to underline his well-being after recovery from knee surgery delayed his start to last season.

“It's probably something I needed. I needed to get off the mark this season with a goal and it was nice to get two,” said Sheehan, whose double against Manchester United’s U21s helped Wanderers ease into the knock-out rounds of the competition.

Sheehan second goal Man Utd

“It's been something I've been working towards when I've been playing higher up the pitch. That's what I need to add to my game - goals and assists.

“It's a big thing when you come back from injury to get a pre-season under your belt. Last season I missed that and then you are on catch up a little bit throughout the season.

“When you have a pre-season - and the pre-season we had - it's a good thing to do and you can hit the ground running. Come the games it's just getting the sharpness and I feel I got that back quite quickly, so it's been good.

“I feel like I'm back to where I was and maybe even better. I feel like I'm getting towards that level I just want to get keep getting better and better.

“I feel like the team, the way we play and the way I play, is a good match. If I can play well obviously it’s going to benefit the team. And hopefully there is plenty more to come from both of us.

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“We've been happy but there are probably some games we feel we should have won and we’ve dropped points and some games where we could have played better, so I feel like there’s a lot more to come.”

Wanderers face Stevenage at the Toughsheet Community Stadium tonight (Tuesday) on the back of a run of just one defeat in their last six games in all competitions.

Last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Port Vale lifted Ian Evatt’s men up to fourth place in the League One table with the chance to go third if they can overhaul fast-starting Stevenage with maximum points in the first of two home games in the space of five days.

“We see it as an opportunity but every game in the league is tough,” added Sheehan.

“We know what Stevenage are about. It’s about dealing with the style of play and the way they want to play and making sure that we are at it and play the way we do.

“We are really confident at home with the backing we get from the crowd, which obviously helps. We want to win every game but especially at home, where we have a good record. It starts Tuesday and then we have another two after that.

“We would be in good shape if we can get a couple of wins leading into the (international) break and then we have a few boys coming back from injury which will really help us going into the middle section of the season.”

Watch Josh's pre-match interview on Wanderers TV

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