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Connell Rawlinson: "We needed a reaction."

26 October 2018

From joining the Vale in the summer having not played a minute of league football in England, to playing 90 minutes in every single game so far this season, it's safe to say Connell Rawlinson has adapted well to life in League Two.

The defender has played a vital part in the Port Vale defence so far this season, and his quality at the back has been pivotal towards Scott Brown keeping a total of six clean sheets.

Connell's consistency in the Vale squad shouldn't come as a surprise however. He received a lot of plaudits over pre season from not only Neil Aspin, but his captain Tom Pope who was full of praise for him. Manager Neil Aspin obviously has a lot of trust in Connell, having chosen to play him at right back over natural full backs at times this season. 

Like the rest of the squad, the defender was devastated by the 6-2 loss at home to Lincoln City a few weeks ago but after two impressive performances on the road, Connell wants to keep up the momentum.

"Obviously before the start of the week we were coming off a bad defeat to Lincoln. We saw we had two very tough away games... personally I'd have said if we can take four points from the week I would've been happy with it.

"Now we've got four points from the two away games you want to be looking to go and win this game on Saturday and turn it into seven points in a week, which off the back of the Lincoln game will be a fantastic turn around.

"Credit to the lads for getting stuck in, especially in training. We needed a reaction and we definitely gave one over the past two games."

Including the Checkatrade game against Middlesbrough U21s, the Valiants will be looking to make it four clean sheets in a row when we host Bury tomorrow afternoon. 

Connell has insisted that going back to basics of defending has played a factor regrouping the defence after that Lincoln game, and has suggested that the change in formation has also helped solidify them at the back.

Looking back on his time so far at Vale, which has seen him not miss a single minute of action whther that be at centre back or full back, Connell is looking to keep up his form. 

"I compare myself to a steady Eddie, 7/10 every week because as a defender you want consistency more than anything. If I can pop up with a nine or a ten one week, get a goal or a goal line clearance I'm happy with that.

"As a defender I'm just looking for consistency, you know a 7/10 every week you know what you're going to get. I work hard, I'm not afraid to put my head in.

"I was disappointed with my performance at Stevenage, I made a mistake which is not what I like to do. Even if it's just one mistake, I don't like to make mistakes and luckily we get let off with that but I'm hoping to get back to a consistent basis come Saturday."


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