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Accrington Stanley man reveals the mind games that helped them defeat Ipswich Town on Saturday

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Accrington Stanley’s Harry Pell feels it wasn’t just his team who came out victorious in their game against Ipswich at the weekend but that he also came out on top over the Tractor Boy’s keeper Vaclav Hladky, telling the East Anglian Daily Times that he ‘wound the keeper up’ all afternoon.

The 29-year old chipped in with his second goal of the season to seal all three points for the home side on Saturday and it took the side to 10th place in League One – some nine places higher than Ipswich.

It was the Tractor Boys who took the lead initially though, with Macauley Bonne firing his side in front seven minutes before the end of the first half.

Accrington though composed themselves and came out fighting in the second half. After Colby Bishop bagged the equaliser, it was left to Pell to put away the winning goal with just over ten minutes left on the clock.

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Now, the striker has claimed that opposition goalkeeper Hladky could have done better for his goal – and says he was winding him up all afternoon.

Speaking to the East Anglian Times, he said: “It came to me late and I caught hold of it well, but I think the keeper can do better if I’m being honest. Luckily enough, I tried winding their keeper up all afternoon so those little one and two per cents has done me good!”

It seems then that Pell believes his winding up of the shot-stopper may have paid off and could ultimately have led to him being able to grab the winner. If that is the case, then it’s a job well done for Accrington – less so for the Tractor Boys.

The Verdict

Harry Pell may have gotten the better of Vaclav Hladky for his goal at the weekend but there are still plenty of points to be won and lost for both sides and the 30-year old shot-stopper remains an important member of the team and a good goalkeeper.

He’s proven during his time at Salford City that he can cut it in England, having made the leap from Scotland. Now, tested a level higher, he’s already picked up two clean sheets this campaign. The goal may be a hard one to swallow – and Pell won’t let him forget his wind-ups – but Hladky is a more than capable keeper and will continue to be a brick wall for the Tractor Boys this season.


Writer for Football League World.

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