Connolly making impact, says Potter

The head coach is pleased with the Irishman's form on his return from injury.

By Charlie Hanson • 02 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly was back in Premier League action for the first time since the 0-0 draw with Burnley.

Graham Potter believes Aaron Connolly proved he has plenty to offer with his performance against Liverpool.

The Republic of Ireland international impressed during his 60 minute appearance against the Reds.

Having fired agonisingly wide after just ten minutes, the 20-year-old was brought down for a penalty, which Neal Maupay would fire wide.

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly sends an effort just wide of Allison's goal.

“He had a really impactful hour and it was a decision to maybe err on the side of caution with him when we took him off,” Potter said.

“I thought Aaron was great. He did exactly what we wanted him to do – we wanted him to run in behind, test their back line and their defence and I thought he helped us do that.

“He threatens the back line and he has got real pace. It means you are either opening up some space in the midfield or you are threatening the goal if you can get the delivery right. We did that quite well." 

The boss was keen to protect Connolly after a stint out with injury.

“I think he was a little frustrated he missed his chance in the first half and he wanted to stay on.

“In the last three or four weeks he has had a bit of up and down stuff with his hamstring. He missed some international games and he was running around such a lot.”


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