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CLEAN SHEET DELIGHTS WALLACE

22 August 2016

United centre-back Murray Wallace was delighted to see his side romp to all three points at Glanford Park on Saturday, as Gillingham were brushed aside 5-0.

Kevin van Veen continued his electric start to the season when he scored after just five minutes, and 15 minutes later the lead was doubled from the spot, as Josh Morris scored his second goal in a week.

Jordan Clarke added a third just before the break, and the second half went very much like the first thankfully for United. Morris got his second of the match, before a super solo run from Hakeeb Adelakun set up Tom Hopper to end the scoring at 5-0.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” Wallace told The Iron PlayerHD.

“I’m especially pleased for the lads that got the goals. To win as comfortably as that shows everybody what we’re about.”

The result was not all about the goals scored, it was also a first clean sheet of the League One season - something Wallace reflected on.

“Getting a clean sheet in the cup against Notts County was nice, but it’s also nice to get a clean sheet against such a strong side in Gillingham," he said.

“They were unlucky last season, and they’ve got a strong squad again – so we’re all happy to get our first clean sheet in the league against them.”

Last Tuesday night’s match at AFC Wimbledon saw their attackers cause the Iron defence problems with their directness, strength and height. Wallace believes that the period spent under the cosh that night helped the defence with coping with some of the quality attacking players that the Gills possess.

“Tuesday night was a different game. They were a lot more direct and caused us a couple of problems," he said.

“It was good test for us though, and it definitely prepared us well for today.”

“We’ve been saying all pre-season that we want to be better than last season and at least get into the play-offs, and I think we’re more than capable of doing that," he stated.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s EFL Cup round two tie with Bristol City, Wallace stated that he was looking forward to facing higher league opposition: “It’ll be good to play against a team from the division above, as it’s always nice to test yourself against some quality opposition.”

See much more from Murray Wallace, Tom Hopper and Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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