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O'Nien: Worth the wait

Luke O’Nien finally found joy on the road at Barnet.

20 March 2018

Midfielder Luke O’Nien says he was glad to silence those fans and media pundits who drew regular attention to his lack of goals on the road as the 23-year-old ended the long wait at Barnet last weekend.

O’Nien struck a beauty to clinch three points at Yeovil in November 2015 but his 13 goals since then had all come at home, including five in 2018 already prior to the trip to The Hive.

So when the ball flew into the net to wrap up the victory over the Bees in the second half of last weekend’s 2-0 win, Luke was thrilled to lay those demons to rest and said the goal was the result of some astute thinking from Gareth Ainsworth and Richard Dobson.

“Credit to the manager and Dobbo, they’d spotted that Barnet set up quite odd when they defend free-kicks – they drop deep so the aim was to whip in free-kicks at head height. I got a nice trajectory on mine and it went in and we were able to see out the last 10 minutes comfortably.

“It wasn’t the best stat about me not scoring away! I keep getting reminded about it – my last one was at Yeovil which seems a long time ago, and to be honest it was only about a month ago when someone told me it had been that long. Since then, I keep getting reminded I only score at home so it was nice to get one away and now hopefully I can get on a run of scoring at home and away.

“But if I don’t score again all season and we keep on winning then I’m happy with that,” he said. “I’d like to reach 12 goals, but the boys are scoring everywhere and doing well, so I’m always glad to chip in with goals but as long as we win, that’s the main thing.”

The encounter at The Hive was one for the purists, being played in sub-zero temperatures with neither side finding their rhythm in the first period.

“It’s a great win,” explained O’Nien. “It was much-needed after the last few results and it was a big three points that we needed.

“We had a good week at work in training and put that last-minute goal against Cambridge behind us. They were difficult conditions to play in – the ball kept getting caught up in the wind, so neither team really got a foothold in the game.

“We had to grind it out in the first half and we knew we needed to take momentum when it came our way. We played better than them in the second half, got our lead and did what we needed to do to make sure we won the game.”

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