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"I'll celebrate my first goal for the club with a haircut," - Jim O'Brien

16 August 2014

Sky Blues midfielder says he is going to mark the opening of his goalscoring account against Sheffield United with a trip to the barbers

Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien says he is going to mark his first goal for the Sky Blues with a trip to the barbers.

The 26-year-old nodded home the only goal of the game as City picked up their first win of the season after beating Sheffield United 1-0 at Sixfields.

O'Brien added that he was delighted to get the club's first win of the campaign under their belt to settle any early season nerves.

He said: "It's been a tough start to the season for us so to get our first three points of the season takes the nerves out of the equation.

"I'm 100 percent going to claim the goal as well because it means I can go and get a haircut now. I think it's time because it's not exactly wind friendly to be honest."

The midfielder also had supportive words for young full-back Ryan Haynes and goalkeeper who respectively supplied the cross for his goal and denied United striiker Michael Higdon early on, making it two assists in as many games for the Sky Blues.

"That's two assists in two games for Ryna now and he's been doing well so he just needs to build on that now and it will only benefit him playing besides the likes of Reda Johnson and Andy Webster," O'Brien added.

"He just has to now make it difficult for the manager to leave him out when Danny Pugh gets back from injury and is fit enough to be selected again.

"The back three were incredible and Ryan Allsop also made a great save and if we're going to do well in this league you are going to need your goalie to make saves like that.

"That kept us right in the game when we were maybe struggling a little bit so for him to do that was magnificent and the resilience of the lads at the back was incredible as well."

Looking ahead to the home clash with Barnsley on Tuesday night, O'Brien added that while he was looking forward to facing his old club but would not be too overcome by sentimentality.

"Of course I'm looking forward to playing Barnsley because I enjoyed my time there but I've moved on now so it will be just another game for me where we try and get another three points." 

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