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Shea: hard work paid off

10 November 2014

Goalkeeper on his great double save

James Shea said that hard work on the training pitch was behind his fantastic double save that kept Wimbledon in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper was hailed as “outstanding” after the 1-1 draw at York City by manager Neal Ardley. But Shea was quick to highlight the contribution of goalkeeper coach Ashley Bayes for the standard of his coaching sessions since he joined the Dons.

Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player, Shea (pictured above) said: “It’s a lot down to ‘Bayzo’ because I worked really hard with him during pre-season and throughout this campaign. We work on stuff like that every day in training and thankfully it’s paid off.

“It all happened so quickly. I just remember their player heading it and I managed to save it. Then the rebound hit my leg and the ball went up in the air. I was just hoping that it would go over the bar, but I don’t know what happened after that.”

Shea felt that Wimbledon deserved to stay in the FA Cup on Saturday and he believes his side has a good chance in the replay.

“I felt that we were comfortable, apart from that moment when I had to make those saves,” added Shea. “We could have gone on and won it, but we will take a replay in the end. I will fancy our chances at home. We will have to go for it to make progress and we will all have to do our jobs to get into the next round.”

The FA Cup Draw will be live on BBC Two tonight from 7.00 pm.

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