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O'Brien: I Knew I'd Score

Forward always confident he would bag winner against Wigan

26 April 2022

Aiden O
Photo: Jason Brown

If there was any doubt over whether Pompey would be able to grab a late winner against Wigan, it did not occupy the mind of Aiden O’Brien.

The forward had watched from the bench as a two-goal interval deficit was cancelled out by George Hirst.

He then entered the action and fired past the desperate grasp of Ben Amos to seal an incredible turnaround.

And O’Brien was always confident that he would be the man to secure all three points in the season’s final Fratton fixture.

He said: “That’s what football is all about. To score a late winner is the kind of moment that I dream about.

“Watching from the bench, we were the more dominant side and very unlucky to be two goals down at the break.

“They had scored from a couple of counter-attacks and taking their chances showed why they’re top of the league.

"That’s what football is all about. To score a late winner is the kind of moment that I dream about."

Aiden O'Brien

“But George is in really good form for us at the moment and his second goal, in particular, was excellent.

“I’ve mentioned before that I always tell myself I’m going to score and I said to the boys that if I got on, I’d get the winner.

“That’s what happened. The ball fell to me on the edge of the box and I’ve just wrapped my left foot around it. It’s flown into the bottom corner and then absolute scenes!

“These three months that I’ve been here have been brilliant and hopefully we can end the season with a good win on the road.”

O’Brien explained that Pompey were never prepared to let the campaign tail off after missing out on a play-off spot.

He said: “We haven’t got that kind of mentality in our group and everyone wants to do well for each other, for the staff and for the fans.

“There’s a real togetherness here that you can feel on the training pitch and then at the ground. It’s a nice thing to have.”

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