O'Shea: ‘I've been dreaming of that'

Dara O'Shea

Dara O’Shea says he has been dreaming of scoring in front of The Hawthorns crowd, and was delighted to make his dream a reality in Albion’s 4-0 win against Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

The Baggies led at the halfway stage through a Jack Robinson own goal before Valérien Ismaël’s men swept away the Blades in 12 second-half minutes, scoring three times.

O’Shea’s low strike was the catalyst for the goal rush, with Mowatt sliding home for Albion’s third six minutes later before Callum Robinson waited just six more minutes to confirm the victory.

And the Irish Baggies defender says he enjoyed every minute of Wednesday night at The Hawthorns, taking pleasure from his goal and a first clean sheet of the season.

"I have been dreaming of doing that for a while now, since I was a kid,” said Dara. 

"To score a goal at home here with fans it was that bit more special to celebrate and be embraced by the crowd.

"I’m happy enough with my performance. The clean sheet is the main thing, but to grab a goal as well is nice and that’s two now for the season. I’m really happy with it. To get the first clean sheet of the season, as a defender, I’m a bit more happy with that one to be honest. 

“[The performance] was unbelievable. It was enjoyable from the first minute to the last.

"All the boys were unbelievable today, the fans were immense again today. They really pushed us on and kicked us on.

"I think we looked dangerous from set pieces and I think the crowd helped that. They put the fear into them from the start. It was a complete performance.

"Obviously it sends out a statement to the rest of the league with that performance, but I think in ourselves we know where we should be and we know where we have to be. With the players we have we have to be pushing for the top. 

"We have got such a great group here I think we have to go into every game not fearing anyone and going in with full confidence like we did today. We can put good performances in when we do that, so long may it continue.

"The gaffer was happy, to get that clean sheet and have that complete performance is what he’s been after.

"He just said that’s us. That’s our identity. We need to stick to this and keep going and keep putting performances in like that.

"That’s our DNA and that’s the way we need to be every game."