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Change of approach the key for Luongo
TWO-goal hero Massimo Luongo believes a change in approach at the start of the game held the key to Town’s 5-2 victory over Port Vale.
The Australian scored twice in the second half, while Dany N’Guessan, Nile Ranger and Nathan Byrne found the net once in what was ultimately a comfortable victory for Town despite the visitors at one stage fighting back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2..
The Robins have often been slow to start games in recent weeks, but against Vale Luongo revealed they tried not to over-play the ball early on and show the visitors that Town are more than a team who simply pass the ball well. “The game was really exciting, even though we let them back into it with two goals, but we were still comfortable,” he said.
“We tried not to get too caught up in playing from the beginning because teams think they can bully us, but there is another side to the game and I think we have done well to bring that out of us and turn round early to chase a few balls.
“That opens the game up a bit and that’s what happened, we created more space for ourselves and got us more time on the ball which allows the better quality players to bring something special into the game.”
After dominating an opening period slightly lacking in quality the Robins stepped it up a gear after the break, and although Luongo insisted there were some nervy moments when they were pegged back to 3-2 the midfielder insisted the players were always confident.
“In the second half we were only 1-0 up and we needed a spark and to step up our game and improve, and after we got the first goal early the confidence in the boys came out,” he said.
“We were flying and had good control and confidence increased with every goal.
“When it’s 3-2 everyone’s thinking ‘what if, what if’ but the chances kept coming and we weren’t holding back and didn’t hide.
“Nathan’s goal summed it up because we were getting rid of the balls coming into the box and he’s run almost the full pitch and bent one in.”
Luongo’s first came with the help of a deflection and then went in off the hand of keeper Chris Neal, while his second was a superb solo effort, but the Australian was happy with both strikes.
“They were from the same area, and the first one was my third deflection goal of the season so the boys keep taking the mick out of me for that, but I’ll take it,” he said.
“The second one was from a similar position and I think I took it well.
“I’m a bit more reluctant to get into the box because of my position, but I got more confidence and wanted to express myself more and it paid off.
“I had to be the one who had to be a bit more disciplined and help out the centre backs, which having Yas (Kasim) there normally does, but we have good depth in our squad so we can fill in for him.”
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