Carl Regan ready to bide time at Notts County
CARL Regan is expecting to be back on the subs' bench when Notts County face his former club Shrewsbury Town today – despite his match-winning heroics at Scunthorpe United.
The defender, 31, scored the winner in the Magpies' 2-1 victory against the Iron in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy just four minutes after making a great goal-saving block.
But Julian Kelly is still more than likely to return at right-back against the Shrews, having been left out of the trip to Glanford Park.
"Julian is doing well and they've kept a couple of clean-sheets in the first few games so I'll bide my time," said Regan.
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"There is nothing I can do except keep myself ready for when I'm needed."
Regan spent last season at Shrewsbury and played 13 league games as they won promotion into League One before joining the Magpies on a six-month deal in the summer.
His goal at Scunthorpe was only the third of his career.
"It was a good four minutes for me – one minute I was back there making a goal-clearing block and then I was up there getting us the winner," he added.
"Boucs (Andre Boucaud) put me through with a great ball and I kept calm and slotted the ball away.
"I used to be a striker in my younger days so I think that helped me.
"I don't get many goals, so it was nice to score the winner.
"I don't think I've been a match-winner in my career until now!
"I was happy to get a full 90 minutes under my belt as well and now I'll bide my time and see what happens in the first team."
Notts have won three of their first four league games, against Crewe, Hartlepool United and Bury, and are in third place in the table on nine points.
"We've made a great start," said Regan.
"There was only one blip against Walsall, but that's behind us now and hopefully we can beat Shrewsbury and stay up towards the top of the table."