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NO EASY GAMES

17 February 2015

Assistant manager Ned Kelly insists there are “no easy games” in League One.

He also says that, despite the impressive victory at the weekend, the Iron are purely focussed on Tuesday’s game against Chesterfield.

Kelly did, however, praise the squad for Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Swindon.

Niall Canavan, Paddy Madden and Kevin van Veen got on the score-sheet to secure the three points at Glanford Park.

“We set our game plan early and it was very successful,” said Kelly.

“At times we were a joy to watch and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.”

Robins’ number two was quick to compliment the squad on their success in applying the pre-match game plan, labelling it a great performance.

He said: “Swindon are a very good team and their coach has got a certain way of playing, which they’re very good at, but the squad have been fantastic. They take the information on really well and they’re an intelligent bunch.

“We set off from the start trying to get their keeper to kick it while allowing their centre half to have the ball, which worked very well because we often retrieved the ball.”

Kelly refused to set the Swindon performance as a benchmark, instead stating that all teams are different in their style of play. He said that there will be a separate plan to combat Chesterfield.

“You take every team on their merits and each side as they come. Chesterfield don’t play like Swindon, they play slightly different,” he said. “But we’ll give them the respect they deserve and set out what we’re going to do ourselves.”

He describes the Spireites as “a different team to what they were when we played them a few weeks ago,” due to the departures of top scorer Eoin Doyle and Romauld Boco, coupled with the injury to last season’s Player of the Year Gary Roberts.

He said: “Cook is rotating his squad a bit now. It’s different but they’ve got Gnanduillet up front who has presence and strength, along with a decent midfield and some positive lads at the back. They’re a good team and they’ve had an impressive season.

“The manager knows the league and this level. But it’s not about Cook or Chesterfield, it’s about what we do and how we set ourselves out.”

Kelly continued in saying that there are “no easy games in this division”, while adding “you have to give respect to every team.”

Tuesday evening’s game is one of the three that the Iron have in hand over some sides in the division, but Kelly does not believe this adds any extra significance to the fixture, insisting every game is as important as the next.

He said: “This match is as important as the Swindon game; it’s as important as the Preston game. As we’ve said before, we take everything on its own merits. You quickly move on from the success we had at the weekend.

“Tuesday is a good game for us – it’s at home and the fans will come out and support as they have done before so we’re looking forward to it.”

See much more from Ned Kelly and George Evans on The Iron Player.

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