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HOLMES PLEASED TO MAKE IMPACT v SOUTHEND

12 September 2016

United midfielder Duane Holmes felt scoring two goals in quick succession was the key to the comprehensive victory over Southend United.

Goals before the break from Paddy Madden and then Kevin van Veen set the Iron on their way to a 4-0 win, and Holmes believes the first two strikes were a great foundation on which to build upon in the second half.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Holmes said: “It was great to win 4-0.

“Obviously we played really well. There was a point in the first half where we hit a bit of a lull, but after that I thought we were absolutely fantastic.

“In the first half they shut up shop for half an hour, and then we got the breakthrough goal - and like I said, I thought we were fantastic after that.

“The second goal took the wind out of their sails, and then we obviously capitalised on that in the second half."

Reflecting on his own personal display, the American says he was pleased to pick up the man of the match award, but stated the team is always the most important element.

“It’s nice to play well, but it’s obviously about the team and we’re just happy that we got the win and the clean sheet,” he explained.

“I tried everything I could to get a goal - but it’s not about me, it’s about the team. However, if I keep shooting and getting in those positions I’m sure one will come."

A trip to face Shrewsbury Town beckons next for United, with Holmes stating the whole squad is in a confident mood heading to Greenhous Meadow.

“I’ve played there before and I know it’s a tough place to go, but we need to focus on ourselves,” he stated.

“If we play like we have done today, then I fancy us against anyone."

See much more from Duane Holmes, Graham Alexander and Paddy Madden on the Iron PlayerHD.

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