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Connolly keeps it simple

6 March 2014

Defender happy with solid debut for Reds

Defender Paul Connolly says keeping it simple was the key to his impressive full debut for Reds on Tuesday.


Paul made his first start at right-back in the 1-1 draw against Stevenage and hopes he has done enough to keep his place at Gillingham in our next Sky Bet League One fixture on Saturday.


Manager John Gregory praised the Scouser afterwards, saying that it looked as if Paul had already played 100 games for the club.


Paul said: “I always try to keep it simple. If you over-complicate things the more likely it is you will make mistakes.


“I thought I did okay but there are things I can improve on. I found the pitch, which I hadn’t played on before, difficult and I know the balls I put into the box for the forwards and my crosses will improve as I get used to it.”


Reds head to Priestfield on Saturday protecting a seven-match unbeaten run as we get used to the gruelling schedule of Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday fixtures between now and the end of the season.


The boss has reiterated the need to keep the team fresh by rotating the squad – but Paul is hoping to play as many games as possible.


“When I came here one of the selling points was the number of games we had and I want to play in as many of them as I can, although I understand the need to stop the lads getting worn out with all the games coming up,” added Paul.


"We are on a good run and hopefully we can build on our second-half performance against Stevenage.


“It would have been a travesty had we not got a result on Tuesday because we really pegged them back in the second half. Away from home we’ve been a threat in recent games and we are looking to continue that on Saturday and keep climbing up the table.”



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