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27 April 2015

Iron assistant boss Ned Kelly was pleased with his side’s performance in the 2-1 win against Gillingham, despite difficult conditions.

The players were called off for 25 minutes following a torrential downpour which saw the pitch become waterlogged, but following some help from volunteers the game was able to resume.

United put on a good performance though and Kelly was pleased, but felt his side could have been a bit more clinical in the final third.

Kelly told The Iron Player: “We said we wanted to entertain the fans as it was the last home game, and it wouldn't have been a shock if we'd got another three goals, if we'd been a bit more clinical.

“Hakeeb Adelakun could have scored again, Paddy Madden had a chance and Dave Syers nearly got himself in a shooting position.

“We had enough opportunities in the second half to kill the game off, but we were looking to win so we're pleased to get the three points.

“They're a really good group and are really pleased. We went 1-0 down really early and have shown tremendous work rate and effort to come back and get the goals to win the game.”

The Iron had already raced into a 2-1 lead by the time the two sides were called off, and Kelly felt that the conditions meant that they had to change the game plan slightly.

He said: “It was difficult because the ball was sticking a bit and it was hard to move the ball as quickly as we would've liked.

“That's why we changed and went forward a little bit quicker, but these things happen and we got on with it.”

The Iron assistant was also full of praise for the officials and the way they handled the downpour that looked as though it could threaten the match.

Kelly said: “He did the right thing by bringing us off because the ball just wasn't rolling, so credit to the referee and the assistants for doing that.

“He said he would give it ten minutes or so to see how it was getting on, and fortunately the rain slowed down and we got a few people on the pitch.

“We want to thank everyone that went on the pitch with spades and brooms. They were still keen to keep the game going and they'd had a long journey, which was probably on their minds.”

See much more from Ned Kelly, Hakeeb Adelakun and Niall Canavan on The Iron Player.

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