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26 November 2014

Assistant manager Ned Kelly is pleased with the players’ reaction following a 2-2 draw with Crawley Town at the weekend.

Kelly was also satisfied that the Iron have stretched to five games unbeaten on the road.

“It was disappointing (to lose the two goal lead),” he told The Iron Player.

“We played some really good stuff for 70 odd minutes and then to lose the first goal in the way that we did was a little bit disappointing. From there it was a little bit of backs to the wall.

“The bounce back ability – for the want of a better phrase – has been really, really good. The lads have been great on the training ground, they’ve been nice and bright and I think if we were told before that we would get a point from Crawley away, we would have been quite pleased.”

He added: “It was just that we played so well for 70 minutes, that we came away a little bit frustrated.”

United once again travel away from home for their next fixture; this weekend making a comparably short trip from recent weeks as they take on Barnsley. Kelly, who along with Mark Robins and Nick Daws, will be looking for a sixth game unbeaten away from Glanford Park.

“You go into every game and look to get maximum points,” he continued.

“That’s whether you are at home or away from home. The league shows if you get more wins at home and get results away, you end up in a very good position in the top six.”

He added: “The plan is to take each game as it comes, and with that in mind, we look ahead to Barnsley.”

In taking on Barnsley, manager Mark Robins returns to one of his former clubs, something which assistant acknowledged – although he indicated it will be treated just like any other game in SkyBet League One.

“Of course he’s looking forward to that,” said Kelly.

“But no more or no less than any other game that we’ve played so far. We’ll prepare purely and simply for how they play and how they set up and use what strengths we have got to cause them problems.”

He added: “It’ll be our job as normal.”

See much more from Ned Kelly on The Iron Player in the run-up to the Barnsley game.

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