Vincent-Young aiming to make it three from three
Town full-back Kane Vincent-Young is enjoying the freedom he is getting under Town boss Paul Lambert.
The former Colchester man has impressed since joining Town in August for £500,000, being selected in the last two EFL Team of the Week’s alongside scoring in his last two games.
When reflecting on his goal against Tranmere he said: “The goal against Tranmere is up there as one of my best – I’d put it in the top three.
“It was a great feeling to score in front of that many people because I’d never done that before and because it was my first goal at Portman Road. The atmosphere at the ground has been unbelievable since I arrived at the club.
“I only had one thing on my mind when I raced forward and got to the edge of the area and that was to shoot.
“The strikers might not have been that happy but they had to live with it.
“It was my very first goal with my left foot – hopefully the first of many. To make it three out of three isn’t going to be easy but if I manage to achieve it I’ll have to buy myself a present.”
Vincent-Young is happy with his start to life in a Town shirt adding: “Everything is going really well and it’s been great. I’m delighted with it but at the same time I know it’s still early doors and there is still a lot of work to do.
“I’ve got a lot of learning to do and hopefully I can continue what I’ve been doing.
“Hopefully there is still a lot to come. It’s still early days and I just want to continue along the same lines and maintain the consistency.
“I hope there are plenty of other good performances to come. The way training is, the way the games are, I’ve had to raise my level to make sure I’m doing well so I’d like to think there is more improvement to come.”
The only negative in Town’s display against Tranmere was that they were unable to keep a sixth consecutive league clean sheet, which would have meant a new club record.
But Vincent-Young said: “It wasn’t great but you’re going to concede a goal at some stage, aren’t you? It’s a long season and the goal is going to come at some point.
“But the main thing about last weekend was the way we responded to that. The reaction of the players was brilliant and the result was brilliant as well.
“It’s nice to look at the table and see us on the top. Everybody wants to be top of the league but at the same time we must remember it’s still early in the season with just 10 games played and another 34 to go.
“We just have to take it game by game and not get ahead of ourselves. Nobody is taking anything for granted.
“It would be brilliant if we go up. I think the aim of big clubs coming down is to bounce straight back and win promotion. It’s not easy so for us to do that so it would be a great achievement. Everybody wants to win things, don’t they?
“Everybody wants to finish in first place, so if we continue what we’re doing, hopefully that will take care of itself. But we have to take it game by game and focus on getting three points whoever we’re playing.
“From a personal point of view I’m ambitious and want to do the best that I can, both for the club and myself. That’s just natural.”
Vincent-Young has played in a back four as a more conventional right back alongside a right wing back in recent times, but in whatever system he is always encouraged to get forward.
“We played with wing-backs at Gillingham,” he continued, “and the gaffer said that when one wing-back has it the other one has to make the back post. Kayden put a great ball in and it literally fell on my head – I couldn’t miss it.
“I can’t honestly say I’ve always done that when I’ve been operating as a wing-back.
“I’ve more, kind of, got to the edge of the box but we’re a more aggressive and offensive side.
“It’s great for the team that the goals are coming from all over the pitch, whether it’s the full-backs, strikers or the centre-backs.
“The way we play it gives our full-backs a licence to get forward and into dangerous positions to score the goals that Garbs [Luke Garbutt] and I have been doing.
“It’s okay when the system changes because the roles are not really that much different. You’ve got the same players around you and the gaffer makes it very clear what he wants from you.
“As long as you follow the instructions you’ll be fine. We’ve got that adaptability as a team so it’s not a problem.”
Since leaving Colchester, Vincent-Young has moved up a division and the difference is noticeable says the full-back.
The run of games has helped me to get consistency and feel comfortable in my new environment, so it’s been great for me.
“How does it compare to League Two? It’s definitely a step up and physically it’s more demanding. There’s a bit more quality as well but at the same time you can see that a lot of the players here have played at a higher level.
“I’ve got a licence to get forward and add to the attack. That’s one of the manager’s big things, having the width from the full-backs and getting them to provide a good outlet.
“One of my strengths is running with the ball and he’s okay with that as well, so it’s great that I am able to play to one of my main strengths. For as long as I can remember I’ve always enjoyed dribbling with the ball.”
Vincent-Young is not at all surprised by his early success as a Town player. “Well, I know I’m a good player,” he continued, “but I have come away sometimes thinking ‘That was really good’ and hopefully I can keep that up.
“But everybody has made it so easy for me to settle in and the way I’ve been allowed to play is to my strengths, so it’s been great to be able to do that.
“And I’ve got to mention the fans because they have been great. I see a lot of the messages on social media but I can’t get back to all of them. They do make me smile, though, and I really appreciate them. The fans have been absolutely brilliant.”