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Iandolo Reflects On Barnet Heroics

Left-Back Contributed A Goal And An Assist In Win

2 January 2018

Ellis Iandolo was over the moon to have played a starring role in Town's 2-1 win against Barnet on New Years Day.

The youngster has been handed an extended role in the team over the festive period and he impressed again on Monday, contributing a goal and an assist as the Reds got 2018 off to a winning start.

And, speaking to the media in the wake of the game, Iandolo reflected on the team performance as well as having his say on whether his goal was a fluke or not.

"I just looked at it again and I'm not going to get away with it!" he said.

"It is a cross but when you put it in with a bit of pace and into a dangerous area things can happen, so at the end of the day it is a goal and it goes in my name. 

"I was pleased with the setup for the second goal.

"I've been put on set-pieces and that's the role I'm having to play at the minute. It is something I practice a lot in terms of my delivery into the box so it has obviously paid off and we've got a goal from it.

"We had to grind the result out massively, especially in the second-half. We scored just before half-time and they came out of the traps after the break.

"There was a ten-minute spell where we had to stick together as a team, make sure there were no holes, win headers, do the ugly side of the game and we did that very well.

"That's why we kept it at 0-0 in the second-half. 

"I'm struggling to remember any chances that troubled us in the second-half. We looked a threat every time we went forward with Kaiyne's (Woolery) pace in behind, Luke (Norris) holding it up and Keshi (Anderson) getting involved.

"When we stick together like that we know we are going to get chances because we've got players upfront with quality, so we just had to stick together and not concede. 

"It is massive for us (the last two results), especially the home win against Notts County because we haven't had a great home record this season, so to win there and then to come here and win two days later is great.

"We're all mentally and physically fatigued, I'm sure Barnet were as well, but we were mentally stronger than them on the day and it was one of those ones where you just had to get through it."

And Iandolo is loving his extended run in the team and is also enjoying life at left wing-back, despite being used to playing more centrally. 

"There was a ten-minute spell where we had to stick together as a team, make sure there were no holes, win headers, do the ugly side of the game and we did that very well."

Ellis Iandolo On Barnet Win

"I had a chance at left-back a couple of times when we were playing a 4-3-3, we're now playing a 3-5-2 and at wing-back it allows me to go forward a little bit more," he added.

"It is a bit more demanding physically to get up and down the pitch, but Kyle (Knoyle) and myself are a bit younger, we're obviously not as experienced as the other two (Matty Taylor and Ben Purkiss) but we're athletic and I feel that we get up and down the pitch well.

"We're playing well in the formation at the minute.

"The Manager likes me at left wing-back and since I've been playing there I've enjoyed it.

"Just being out on the pitch (on Monday) and the last few games has been brilliant for me.

"I've got to do anything for the team so if it means playing at left wing-back then I'll do it. I'm enjoying it and it is a position I can see myself playing in the future."


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