Happy To Be Playing - O'Halloran

27 April 2011 11:22
O'Halloran on playing against Middlesbrough Stephen O'Halloran has admitted that he was happy to be playing after deputising for Chris Hussey in Coventry City 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Easter Monday.Hussey was out with flu, so Andy Thorn brought in O'Halloran who joined City from Aston Villa last season but has struggled with a injury which kept him out until December.O'Halloran played ten games under Aidy Boothroyd but played for an hour against Burnley and promptly lost his place to Chris Hussey.Speaking to the CT, O'Halloran said: "It's a shame that Chris was under the weather but I was delighted when the gaffer called me and said I was playing and it was great to get back into the swing."Chris has worked really hard since he came back and has had a good run of games so I have had to be patient and wait for my chance. "I have been itching to get back in, especially because we are playing some great football under Andy. He's been great for the lads, encouraging us to get forward and express ourselves, and it was really disappointing that we lost at Middlesbrough after dominating the whole game."I think both Coventry and Boro are in false positions in the league because we've both been playing some really good football recently - we certainly have and we feel we should be further up the league."We could have gone on to win the game and certainly didn't deserve to lose it. Jordan Clarke missed a good chance for us but, to be fair to their lad, he hit a good finish to win it in injury time. We have to learn from that and make sure we see out games better."On a personal level, I hopefully did myself justice. I thought I had a lot more of the ball in the first half when I managed to play my game and put the ball into the danger area a few times. The game was a bit tighter in the second half but, personally, I thought I did OK."I was getting a bit tired towards the end and I went off but that's just because I haven't played a full game for a while. Hopefully I have done enough to keep my place and I am looking to kick on in the last couple of weeks."We have been starting really well under Andy, scoring the first goal in most of our games, and it would be great if we continue that for what's left of the season"We have got two games left now - one home and one away - and we want to finish the season on a high and hopefully give the fans something to sing about in those games."They can see we are all enjoying our football under Andy Thorn and we want that to carry on against Reading at the Ricoh on Saturday and then up at Norwich."