Matt relishes Latics reunion
PUBLISHED: 10:23 29 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 14 September 2010
King's Lynn's flying wideman Matt O'Halloran would love to pen a fresh chapter in his personal FA Cup story against former club Oldham. The 24-year-old faces ex-team mate and Latics boss John Sheridan in Friday's televised second round tie on the back of five goals already in this season's competition.
King's Lynn's flying wideman Matt O'Halloran would love to pen a fresh chapter in his personal FA Cup story against former club Oldham.
The 24-year-old faces ex-team mate and Latics boss John Sheridan in Friday's televised second round tie on the back of five goals already in this season's competition.
O'Halloran's Halesowen brace also earned the Nottingham-born midfielder a player-of-the-round nomination and his shot at an Oldham reunion.
“When the draw was made I couldn't wait,” he said. “A few of my mates reckon it could be fate for me to score, but I don't know about that. I'll have to come up with a celebration if it did happen - right now I'll settle for the win.
“It's a massive occasion. A lot of our team has played in the league so being in front of 5,000-6,000 fans is something we can cope with. Obviously the cameras add a bit more excitement but we've got experienced lads and Shaun (Carey) will play his part.
“All the lads are excited. It would've been nice to have a game in the build up because when you're on a roll you want to keep going. It won't be a problem, though, everyone will be running on adrenaline.”
O'Halloran notched his first ever league goal in a four month Boundary Park stint under Iain Dowie during the 2003/04 League One campaign.
The blond midfielder opened his account with a match winning strike in a 3-2 home win against Rushden & Diamonds - Latics' boss Sheridan also on the scoresheet.
“It was a great opportunity for me at the time,” he said. “Oldham were in administration so it was only on a short term deal, but they were a big club with a big catchment area for supporters.
“I played about 16 or 17 games - mainly off the bench. The Rushden game was a good moment for me. Scoring my first league goal was special. I remember I was only on the pitch about five minutes and probably only had about two or three touches.”
O'Halloran expects the visitors to be cast very much in the mould of their youthful manager.
“John Sheridan was one of those players any other player just loved to be on the park with,” he said. “He would've been 37 or 38 at the time but he still had so much quality. Fantastic players don't always make fantastic managers. Even back then he was managing the reserves along with playing.
“You just had that vibe about him that he could go on and make a successful manager. They're flying this season and I'd imagine he encourages them to get it down and pass the ball.”
Lynn's FA Cup talisman insists the underdogs have enough firepower to pull off a cup shock.
“We scored five at Bishop's Stortford and they were a good footballing side,” said O'Halloran. “In that respect Oldham will be no different although we know they'll be fitter. The lads realise we'll have to be at the top of our game and maybe Oldham need to have an off night.
“What I would say is we have so much belief this season. There's a huge potential at our place. I never thought a club at this level could take as many fans as we did to Stortford. We had well over 1,000 that day, which shows you anything is possible.”
“We finished third last season and the lads were disappointed with that. Even after not playing any league games for six weeks because of the cups this year we still managed to stay top at the time. It would be a travesty for the club not to go on and win the league.
King's Lynn's postponed FA Trophy third qualifying round tie at Windsor & Eton last night has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 5.
Lynn's Southern, Premier League home game against Cheshunt on that evening will now be moved to a later date.
In the event of any FA Trophy replay, the club's scheduled home game with Gloucester City on Tuesday, December 12 would also be re-arranged.