Jay O’Shea came off the bench to rescue a point for the Dons against Notts County on Tuesday night and he hopes his account opener will play a part finding his way back into the starting 11.
The winger, who made the move tostadiummkover a year ago, had a starring role in the opening two games of the season but admits he failed to make an impact at the start of the campaign.
However, with a goal to his name the Irishman is feeling confident and he is now looking to shine in training and in future games in a bid to win back a place in the starting line-up.
“I started the season playing but I don’t think it was up to my own standards,” Jay said, “it wasn’t good enough for myself or the Gaffer. I have been working hard the last few times that I have got on I have thought I have done well and on Tuesday I was happy to get the goal and hopefully get back into the manager’s plans.”
O’Shea’s first season with the Dons was largely interrupted by an early ankle injury which kept him sidelined for months. Yet, in the second half of the campaign he began to shine and became a vital asset for the Dons.
The 24-year-old is now looking for a consistent 2012/13 but knows that, in a team packed full of talent, he may have to wait his turn as Karl Robinson has a strong squad to pick from.
“Hopefully I can get back to form; the goal on Tuesday night will help and give me a bit of confidence. Hopefully I can get the form that I had at the end of last season and carry it through all year.
“There are a lot of experienced players around which will only add to the squad and hopefully all the experienced players can come in and help the younger players that are around and hopefully get us promoted.
“We want to have the best players around us because we’re all trying to do the one thing – get the Club promoted – and you can’t be selfish and wish there wasn’t better players here because you want better players to be coming up against and you don’t want it to be easy every week, you want to be pushing yourself and have other players pushing you as well and that is what will get teams promoted.”