Parry up for the fight during Braintree triumph
Goalscorer Andy Parry relished the battle of filling in at centre half against Braintree on Tuesday night, writes Mike Simmonds.
The 22-year-old started off in central midfield, but dropped into defence when Steve McNulty had to go off injured on the hour mark and helped repel the Iron’s aerial bombardment.
Parry said: “He (McNulty) is the most experienced head at the back and for him to go off and for me to go into centre back, it was quite a young back four apart from maybe Ronnie (Henry).
“When Macca and Benno (Paul Benson) went off, we finished with maybe Tyles (Mark Tyler) and Ronnie who were the experienced heads, so that’s two out of 11.
“As a centre back that’s what you want though, you want to be involved, you don’t want to just be sitting there watching otherwise you can lose concentration.
“When it is a battle, you do enjoy it. It was all right because I played against West Ham in the development game a week ago, so it was nothing new to me.
“It was just a case of trying to get used to it as quick as possible in the game that you’re playing in.”
It wasn’t just at one end that Parry had a significant impact on the game as it was his shot that Paul Benson turned in for Town’s opener after half an hour.
The summer signing from Southport then went one better, converting from close range for his third goal of the season moments after McNulty had gone off.
Parry said: “(For the first) It’s come out, I’ve gone for goal and kind of miss hit it.
“Benno was lurking about in the area at the far post and he’s just put it into an empty net.
“My goal was cleared off the line at first, it was just a few yards out and it came straight to me, so it was hard to miss.”
Parry was ridiculously booked in the aftermath of his goal as he celebrated near the massed throng of away fans.
He continued: “It was a joke wasn’t it? He said it was because I went in with the fans when I actually didn’t.
“I got pushed in, but he said that’s the rule so I had to take that.”
Hatters climbed to second in the table and now travel to Chester this weekend for their sixth away game in a row, equalling a 100-year club record.
Parry added: added: “We want to go and win the league, we want to be at the top, so we’re moving closer.
“I don’t know how many games we’ve played away now, it’s annoying having to get on a coach every single week, I can’t even remember when the next game is at home.
“We can’t take Chester for granted. They’ll be right up for that as we’re a big club.”
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