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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley puts mistake behind him
HAVING dealt with three serious knee injuries, Jay McEveley was well-equipped to shrug off heavy criticism following his own goal against Preston to produce a man-of-the-match performance in the victory over Tranmere last weekend.
The full-back was the subject of abuse via social media after putting through his own net early in the second half at Deepdale but a week later drew praise from his manager, Mark Cooper, for an impressive display at the County Ground.
McEveley, a veteran of almost 300 professional appearances, knows what it takes to battle back from adversity after being sidelined through injury for long periods on several occasions.
He feels those experiences have given him the thick skin necessary to see him through his latest test of character.
“I’ve had three serious knee injuries over my career and that tests your mental strength. That’s made me mentally strong to cope with whatever is thrown at me,” he said. “You just bounce back and if you can play well it’s good. The sooner you get a good game under your belt the better you feel, and you can just carry on as normal.”
McEveley is expected to be restored to the Town starting XI after sitting out the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Plymouth on Saturday.
He stressed that his own goal at Preston is no longer lingering over him going into the trip to Rotherham, saying: “It’s gone now, the own goal has been and gone.
“I make mistakes, people make mistakes, mine got highlighted because it ended up as a goal.
“People make mistakes all over the pitch which don’t result in goals but unfortunately mine did.
“I put it past me and moved on, I’m that type of person. It doesn’t affect me at all. The stick I get doesn’t affect me at all.
“I’ll just move right through it. I’m experienced enough now to deal with it and I just get my head on the next game, try to do my best and I think that showed against Tranmere.
“You’d be in the wrong game if you didn’t do that because there can’t be one player on this planet who hasn’t made a mistake.
“You bounce back from them.”
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