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Kasim happy to be centre of attention
YASER Kasim is happy to see opposing teams try to mark him out of the game as he believes it gives Town’s flair players more space in which to work.
The former Brighton man found himself in a world of his own throughout the opening 20 minutes at MK Dons on Saturday, with the home side slow to realise how important he is to Town’s free-flowing football.
As the game went on Kasim was forced to work harder for space as MK Dons grew into the game and employed a sense of urgency after slipping behind, and although he performed well to make his own room to work throughout the 90 minutes the Town midfielder enjoys the challenge of teams trying to nullify him.
“We didn’t have the best of starts in terms of keeping the ball and if it had stayed like it was for a bit longer we would have been able to pop it a lot more,” he said.
“Some players are lazy and don’t close me down and I get quite a bit of space, but when we start passing the ball they usually put a man on me and it becomes harder.
“If they don’t know about me before the game then they will work it out by half-time and the manager will tell them, but then it just becomes another problem to solve.
“We solved it against Crewe, and we can change it up.
“Other players can come deeper and get the ball, and we just have to be smart and let us make space for other players and take the players away to make space for ourselves by working together.”
Kasim didn’t have much of a view of Nathan Byrne’s controversial red card but is convinced his side would have come away with three points if they had been allowed to keep 11 men on the field.
“Considering the circumstances it was an okay point, but I think we played well enough to win the game,” he said.
“The red card played a huge part and if it had been 11v11 it would have been a different story because it pegged us back in there.
“It was just another challenge and you see lots like it, although I didn’t see it very much I’m not sure it’s a red card.
“I didn’t speak to Nathan afterwards because he was in the corner.
“After the red card full-backs went a little higher because we played two central strikers to split them, and they started off having a bit more of the ball.
“We would have done well against them if it hadn’t been for the sending off.”