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Tafazolli pleased with defensive form

17 April 2014

Defender Ryan Tafazolli is keen to play his part and help our defence continue their good form, which has seen us not concede a goal in more than five hours of football.

We make the trip to Accrington Stanley tomorrow knowing that a victory, along with some favourable results elsewhere, could see us close the gap on teams in Play-Off places to just three points.

“I think we’ve really started to get things together now,” said Tafazolli.

“We’ve kept three clean-sheets in a row and I think we’ve just now got to take this form into the last games of the season and try to keep a few more.

“If we do that, it’ll give us a really good chance of finishing as high up in the league as possible.”

He added: “I think a lot of credit has to go to the coaches and we’ve also got to give credit to ourselves as well, because we’ve really made sure that we concentrate throughout the whole 90 minutes.

“We’ve been able to just not concede, so we’re delighted with that.”

In recent weeks, Tafazolli, who has missed just one match this year – the 4-2 victory over at Hartlepool United in March – has formed an excellent defensive partnership with Martin Riley and Ritchie Sutton.

The 22-year-old accredited part of our fine form to a good off-field friendship with the duo.

“We’re really good mates off-the-pitch and I think that relationship has taken itself onto the pitch. It’s allowed us to develop a steady and solid back three and we’re just grateful that we’re keeping clean-sheets,” continued Tafazolli.

“There have been times this season when we’ve found ourselves out of the team and I think now that we’ve shown what we’re capable of, people can see that we’re worthy of our place in the team.”

Looking ahead to a busy Easter weekend in which we face Accrington on Good Friday and Cheltenham Town on Bank Holiday Monday, the centre-back said: “We can’t wait for the games to come at the moment.

“I don’t see why we should look for anything less [than six points]. The form we’re in is very good and I think they should fear us. Hopefully, we can go and nick six points.”

A full interview with Ryan Tafazolli will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe, click here.

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