Texts pile up if Jim grabs goals

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS -

JIM O’Brien bagged a text­book win­ner against Crewe to send Coven­try top of League One – then told how a bar­rage of text mes­sages would give him some­thing to do dur­ing a foot­baller’s trade­mark post-night match in­som­nia!

The 27-year-old winger found the net just six times last sea­son af­ter join­ing from Barns­ley. But the ex-- Re­pub­lic of Ire­land U21 cap grabbed his sec­ond goal in four days as the Sky Blues fol­lowed up last Satur­day’s win at Mill­wall with a 3-2 home suc­cess against the Alex – his 83rd-minute 25yarder prov­ing decisive.

In­ter­viewed on talk-SPORT an hour later, the man born in Scot­land was asked by pre­sen­ter Andy Gold­stein whether he’d find it dif­fi­cult to sleep that night.

“Yeah, a lit­tle bit,” replied O’Brien, but not be­cause of the adren­a­line still run­ning.

He ex­plained: “Your phone goes a lit­tle bit men­tal with peo­ple tex­ting. I scored at the week­end and peo­ple were tex­ting me, so I was ask­ing them, ‘Where are you when I don’t play well and we get beat? You don’t text me then!’ The phone goes a lit­tle bit mad but you’ve just got to try and switch off. It’s a day off to­mor­row though so I’ll get a long lie-in.”

O’Brien had al­ready laughed about how he had “just shut my eyes... and hoped for the best” when ex­e­cut­ing his fine strike, so he’d had enough shut-eye for one night in any case!

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