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Phil Brown is set to make changes for tonight's Checkatrade Trophy match against Newport County.

11 September 2018

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Ellis Iandolo could be given a start as Town face Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy.

He says the tournament is useful for players not getting a full 90 minutes on a Saturday.

“It’s important for all the boys that are not playing regular Saturday football – it gives us a chance to break into the team and show the manager we’re on standby for the big games.

“It’s a cup game and every game we want to play we want to win – getting a result keeps the run going, unbeaten in five now. We want to go far in every cup – to keep these games coming for fringe players, it’s important for us.”

The midfielder was quizzed on the reality of playing in front of a diminished crowd tonight.

“It’s not what you want obviously, but it’s still a game of football – regardless of the crowd, you go out and give it everything you have.”

Iandolo has been credited with an assist for his part in Elijah Adebayo’s last-gasp equaliser against MK Dons but has been getting a bit of stick for the slightly messy way he played the ball to his team-mate.

“All the boys were getting onto me, saying: “is it an assist really?” but I put myself in the box and the area – I think it came off his head then mine but it landed to Elijah and it was a big goal for the team.

“The Gaffer actually said to go out and sit alongside Jak (McCourt) and let Steven go and push on and I don’t know who I ended up in that position. It must have been from a corner and the ball came back out to Matty Taylor and I just stood up, got something on it and it fell to the right man.”

Iandolo has been on the fringes of the squad in recent weeks but has impressed as a substitute.

“Last three games, I think I’ve done well and put a bit of trust in myself, coming from the Gaffer’s perspective – but there’s not much you can do and try and make an impact. I probably should have put the one against Morecambe away but it was the last second of the game so it didn’t turn out to be too crucial.”

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