Amond: I need to go in right dressing room on return to Accrington

Kevin Ellison consoles Padraig Amond after his penalty against Portsmouth is saved.
Kevin Ellison consoles Padraig Amond after his penalty against Portsmouth is saved.
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Padraig Amond admits he’ll have to think before entering the dressing rooms on his return to Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

After a successful two years at the Crown Ground, the Morecambe striker is back for the first time with his new side this weekend.

And while being excited by the prospect, the Irishman admits it will feel strange.

“It’s going a little bit weird,” said Amond.

“I’ve just been trying to tell myself all week, go into the right dressing room and if I get the chance to start and do get subbed, make sure I go to the right dugout because you see that happening a lot to ex-players and managers.

“It’ll be unusual but I’m really looking forward to it.”

The 25-year-old knows he might get a mixed reception despite being a popular figure during his time in East Lancashire.

“I’ll probably get a bit of stick,” said Amond.

“I really enjoyed my time there and the fans were really good.

“But it’s a derby and I’ve gone to a rival club and that’s why I’ll get some stick but it doesn’t really bother me.”

And he is confident that having been on the right side of Accrington’s unbeaten record against the Shrimps in the Football League for so long he can now help end it.

“I was just saying to someone yesterday that it’s a similar build up to earlier in the season, because they hadn’t won for a few games and played Bristol Rovers on the Tuesday night previous, got a win and then beat us on the Saturday,” said Amond

“And they’ve beaten Bristol Rovers on Tuesday so hopefully it doesn’t happen this time.

“I think we’ve a great chance this time. We haven’t won for a few games but we played really well against Portsmouth.”

Amond was left frustrated after the Pompey game however having seen a first-half penalty well-saved by Trevor Carson.

But the striker wouldn’t hesitate to step up again if the chance arose against his former employers.

“I hit the ball really well and the keeper’s made a good save,” said Amond.

“I was confident stepping up to take it and afterwards I was shocked because it’s the first time I’ve missed a penalty since I was about 12.

“I remember that one as well, I hit the crossbar!

”But I actually looked around because I thought something must be wrong, like the keeper coming too far off his line, but he made a really good save.

“When Jack’s (Redshaw) goal went in we were all celebrating and I turned to one of the lads on the bench and said how’s he saved my penalty and let that in?

“It was disappointing to miss the penalty but if we get one this weekend and I get the shout for it I’ve no problem taking it.”