PREVIEW: Semedo - ' We need to crack on'

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Having picked up two positive results on the road last week, O’s Sandro Semedo is eager to continue that run back at home when facing Notts County tomorrow.

A 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town last weekend was followed up by a thrilling 3-2 win at Plymouth Argyle, with the Portuguese winger netting the dramatic late winner at Home Park in midweek.

And now the 20-year-old admits the challenge is to build on that in front of the home faithful at the Matchroom Stadium.

“We have picked up two really positive results at Yeovil on the weekend and now Plymouth, but we now have to take this into our home form starting against Notts County,” he told

“We know we need to win, and with the way we are playing we are confident that we are capable of getting another good result.

“Danny has been great to us and we need to continue to crack on in order to get out of the relegation zone.”

The winger couldn’t hide his delight having scored the winner in midweek and admitted it was nice to pay back the O’s fans who had made the long journey to Home Park on Tuesday.

“Tuesday was fantastic, and to have scored the winner is a feeling I can’t quite describe,” he added.

“Watching the fans who have travelled all the way here stay with us even though we were losing shows just how much they stick with us.

“When I managed to score I wanted to celebrate with them as a thank you and to also let them go home happy knowing that we are grateful for their support.

“It’s always good to score the winner but the overall team performance was what counted. We didn’t play like a team who are in the relegation zone, instead we looked like a side pushing for a spot in the top half of the table.

“We kept on going until the end and right at the death it worked out for us.”

With the goal itself, Semedo was pleased he took his time and composed himself before unleashing the effort goalwards, but always knew from the second it left his boot that it was destined to hit the back of the net and spark wild scenes of celebration.

“When Josh (Koroma) had the shot and it was blocked into my path, the first thought in my mind was to smash it first time,” he remarked.

“It felt like forever until the ball dropped to me though and by the time it was right in front of me I decided it was probably better to take a touch, as hitting it first time always risks it going high into the stand, and that was the last thing I wanted to do.

“I took a touch and fortunately it sat perfect for the shot, and as soon as it left my foot I knew it was going to hit the back of the net.”

Semedo was one of 10 academy products in the matchday squad at Plymouth in midweek, and the youngster feels having so many familiar faces around can only help his game.

“It probably does help playing alongside them,” said the 20-year-old.

“I know them all very well having played with them in the younger age groups which helps our chemistry, plus they are younger than I am so it gives me a sense of responsibility.

“When you are the youngest in the side it can be challenging at times because you are scared to make mistakes as the older players will let you know.

“We have a good blend here however because the experienced players will get onto me if I make a mistake and that will only help me over time, though with a few of the boys also being that bit younger than me they won’t be as critical and I can also try to help them at points of a game.”

Semedo has worked with O’s boss Danny Webb as both have progressed through the ranks in E10 and to have him as his first-team manager now gives the winger a massive lift.

“For me personally, the Gaffer has definitely increased my confidence and that is the truth,” he added.

“I have worked with him for a number of years now, starting when I was with the community programme, so to now have him as manager is only a good thing for myself.

“He knows how to motivate people and also how to get onto me which means I am keen to repay him.”