Shields ready to make his mark at Clarence Park
SOLOMAN Shields gave an all action display on his City debut at the weekend and the combative midfield player is hoping to show more of the same during his month at Clarence Park. Speaking to The Herts Advertiser after the game, the 19-year old said: I t
SOLOMAN Shields gave an all action display on his City debut at the weekend and the combative midfield player is hoping to show more of the same during his month at Clarence Park.
Speaking to The Herts Advertiser after the game, the 19-year old said: "I thought first half was very difficult. Obviously I haven't played a game in a few months so it's a big adjustment just playing 90 minutes. It's a lot of hard work .
"At half time he [Steve Castle] had a good talk to us, he was completely honest and said we weren't good enough and we weren't getting about them.
"Second half we came out fired up and I think we were unlucky not to win in a way. We had a few chances and we're disappointed that we didn't win."
Shields admitted that he was worried when he was pulled to one side by the referee following a tackle with Nicky Eyre having already been booked.
"I think another ref may have sent me off so it was very fortunate," said Shields.
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"I'm thankful to the ref because he knew it was a 50-50 ball and I had to go for it. I think obviously I need to calm down a bit because I gave too many fouls away but I think that's another thing to learn and it's a good learning experience and I'll get better as I play more."
Shields pushed on and joined in with the attack on numerous occasions during the second half and the Leyton Orient youngster says it's something he enjoys doing.
"I think it's one of my strengths and we need goals so at every opportunity I try to win it back and push forward and Haks and Gary are two good players who can take defenders on and get shots in."
Shields feels he's adjusted to the level required at Blue Square South and is keen to help City climb up the league table.
"I thought it was going to be hard but I didn't know the tempo was going to be as quick but yeah I hope I can play a full 90 minutes like I did in the second half because I think I've adjusted now.
"Hopefully, I play as much as I can and get out there and help the team climb the league.
"There's a lot of good players in there and if we play like we did second half with a high tempo and get around teams then I think we can win a lot of games.