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NATHAN JONES ON THE 1-0 VICTORY OVER BRISTOL ROVERS AND EUNAN O'KANE'S INJURY

15 September 2018

Town boss Nathan Jones was delighted with his side's performance in the 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers this afternoon, but confirmed that on-loan midfielder Eunan O'Kane has suffered a suspected broken leg.

Man of the Match Andrew Shinnie got the all important goal as he hammered home just after the hour mark, but the result was marred by what appeared to be a serious leg injury sustained by O'Kane with ten minutes to go.

Jones said: "It's clear the injury is a bad one and we are gutted for the boy. He is a great, great pro and he has been brilliant since he came here.

"He has shown real class since he got here. I really feel for him. Our thoughts are with him, god willing there are no complications with it.

"Hopefully it's a clean break and it's a matter of weeks, rather than months. I will be praying for him tonight.

"Result and performance wise I thought we were excellent. I thought first half was – I wouldn't say perfection because we didn't score, but how we went about our business was magnificent and it's the environment we have.

"I look back on that and I am so proud of the group, how they played, how they went about it, they were excellent.

"We've come up a league and we're a brave team, we have a way of playing. But I thought we were outstanding, the only thing we lacked was the goal that we thoroughly deserved, but I am delighted with the win."

Shinnie was outstanding all afternoon and capped off a fine performance with a goal – but Jones revealed after the game he very nearly didn't start the Scotsman.

"We worked on Thursday with Harry Cornick playing and Shinnie not in the team, but the more we looked at them and when it came down to it, there wasn't the space in behind that we would have liked, all the space was in front of them," the gaffer continued.

"We felt another midfielder with Elliot Lee playing as a clever front man would hurt them more. He needed a goal, Shins, because he gets in wonderful positions as we saw and he is a wonderful, technical player. The only thing that's probably lacking is the goals in his game, so it's a good one."


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