O’Brien’s ready for tough Carlisle trip
PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 September 2015
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Keeper prepared for testing conditions near Scottish border
Dagenham & Redbridge head north on their longest trip of the season this weekend and conditions at Carlisle United may not be favourable for
goalkeeper Liam O’Brien.
The Cumbrians’ Brunton Park stadium is the closest in the Football League to the Scottish border and is notorious for its swirling winds
But O’Brien is confident he can cope with whatever the weather throws at him and knows he can also draw on his experiences from the 2-1 win at Northampton Town.
The east Londonders came from behind to triumph at Sixfields Stadium thanks to two Matt McClure goals.
O’Brien was called upon several times during the second half to keep Daggers in front and performed with aplomb.
There was a strong breeze at the Cobblers’ ground and the Daggers stopper hopes that stands him in good stead for Saturday.
“At Northampton it was windy and we were against it first half,” said O’Brien.
“We came out and did really well and went into half time knowing we would have a really good chance of winning.
“It’s not nice playing in those conditions, but we’ll go to Carlisle knowing exactly what we need to do.”
The past week has been a good one for O’Brien, who also kept the club’s first clean sheet of the season as they beat Cambridge United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
It was a win that set up a second round clash away to Stevenage, with the match set to take place in the week starting October 5, but with the date and time still to be confirmed.
But after recording the first shutout of the season at Cambridge from any Daggers keeper, O’Brien was just happy to enjoy the moment.
He added: “It was nice to get the first clean sheet and between myself and Mark Cousins, we want to get as many as we possibly can.
“We make each other better because we both want to play. We push each other every day. If one of us isn’t doing it, we’ll tell each other.”
Daggers are currently on a four-match unbeaten run, but could make it three wins a row for the first time in five years with a win at Carlisle.
And that is exactly what is on O’Brien’s mind.
“Three from three would be nice, it would be very nice! And of course, that would be the aim,” said O’Brien.
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