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Jason: I wasn't letting Sido take it!

Right-back talks through his match-winning moment.

23 April 2019

Jason McCarthy says he was adamant he'd be the man to step up to take the free-kick that won the points against his former club Walsall on Monday at Adams Park.

The right-back had already scored a stunning set-piece at Shrewsbury five weeks earlier but ended up on the losing side that day after a late comeback from the hosts; however, this time he was the match-winner, fending off interest from team-mates when the opportunity arose, as he explained after the game.

"I wanted the free-kick that we got at Rochdale, but when you get into that place with Sido, you know there's no point in having the argument! His went about 30 yards over the bar so I had my opportunity today and I'm just glad it went in.

"When I was at Barnsley I went through a spell when I was out of the side and out of the squad, and it was a lonely place to be in. I used my time to practise different parts of my game and I knew I was naturally a good crosser of the ball, so I should be good at set pieces. I worked hard on them and the gaffer's seen me in training and given me the chance to take them.

"It feels great to score the winner. Towards the end I was thinking 'please don't let this be another day where there's late heartbreak' but the boys saw the game out so well. It's such a big three points in the grand scheme of things," he added.

It seemed written in the stars that McCarthy would be the hero against the club where he won the Player of the Year award two seasons ago, and although Adams Park is where his heart lies now, the 23-year-old hopes to see the fortunes of his old friends turn for the better.

"It's mixed emotions really because I've got real fond memories of my time there. It's a good club which is in a tough place at the moment, but I wish them all the best and hope that if they do go down, they bounce straight back up

"At the end of the day, I'm a Wycombe player now, and I've fallen in love with the club. I couldn't hold my emotions in when I scored, and it's a really big goal because of the situation we're in."

And now on to AFC Wimbledon, where McCarthy scored his first goal for the Blues back in November 2015, and hopes to have more reason to celebrate on Saturday.

"It would be awesome to finish the job at Wimbledon. It's going to be a massive occasion and we don't want to rely on others to help us out - we want to get the result ourselves to make sure we stay up."

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