Ryan Inniss recalls Yeovil red card for foul on current Colchester United team-mate Kyel Reid
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Inniss had a bitter-sweet stay at Yeovil, from October to December in the 2014-15 season, which included a red card and also a cameo appearance as a striker!
Ironically, the young Crystal Palace loanee was given his marching orders for a bad tackle on one of his current U’s team-mates, Kyel Reid, when the latter was playing for Preston in a 2-0 away win at Huish Park.
Both Inniss and Reid should start tomorrow, the former gunning for a clean-sheet and the latter looking to add to his three goals for the season.
“My loan at Yeovil from a few years ago was a strange experience for me,” admitted Inniss, following yesterday’s training session at Florence Park, Tiptree.
“Off the pitch I got to grips with learning a lot of things, but in terms of playing, it was bit-part.
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“I played a little but I then got a red card, tackling (Kyel) ‘Reidy,’ funny enough. When we saw each other again I said – ‘Reidy, don’t I know you from somewhere?’ – now we are now good friends.
“After that (red card) I didn’t feature that much, and I ended up going on loan to Port Vale.
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“For me, this weekend is just another game. I don’t look at it any differently, though perhaps that would have been the case if I had played 200 or so games for Yeovil. Then it might have been a different feeling.
“Wherever I go, I give my all for the shirt,” added Inniss
Having served his suspension, Inniss returned to the Yeovil squad to play a cameo role as a substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Colchester, when Craig Eastmond bagged the winner.
He was thrown on as a striker, that day, and the 22-year-old is backing himself to score a few goals for the U’s this season, from his more natural centre-half position.
“I came on as a sub against Colchester late on. I ended up playing up front, up against (U’s centre-halves) Tom Eastman and Kaspars Gorkss,” said Inniss.
“Last weekend, I also played up front for a bit as an emergency striker against Wycombe. I don’t mind playing up there.
“I’ve had a couple of chances to score already this season, against Crawley and then one cleared off the line against Wycombe.
“It might be a case of getting one goal, and then others will drop. I’m getting on the end of things, and the deliveries are good. I think once I get even fitter, especially at the end of matches, I can get a few goals.”
After four straight away defeats, the U’s picked up their first away point of the season in a 2-2 draw at Grimsby on Tuesday night.
But Inniss was disappointed with his own first-half showing, especially being shrugged off the ball for the Mariners’ first equaliser by goalscorer JJ Hooper, and then by the team’s failure to hold on to a 2-1 lead at the death.
“We have tried to take the positives from it, getting the point, but to be honest we were disappointed with the way that the game went,” confirmed Inniss.
“We let a goal in straight away after scoring (Kyel Reid’s fifth minute opener) and I was at fault for that.
“There were still a lot of positives to take, but there are also a few things we are still working on, to try and get the three points on Saturday.
“If you look at my record (seven different loan clubs), it is so bit-part. This has been a new test for me, playing a run of games, but I’m taking it all in my stride.
“I feel like my own performances in the last couple of games could have been a little bit better, but I’ve now played five games in 17 days, which is a little milestone, having not played too many games so far in my career.
“I’m enjoying my spell here, and now I’m focusing on a good run of games and to improve my performances.
“But for me it’s about results. I know that I didn’t play well on Tuesday, but if we had won then I would have gone home happy.
“Personally, I can’t wait to get out there again this weekend. I need to get my head down and get some results for Colchester. That will then help my status at Crystal Palace.
“I don’t think it was just the goal – it was my overall performance in the first half that was hard to watch, let alone be me playing in it.
“I had been out for so long, its hard to explain. No one goes out to play bad. If I’m still out there, I am still going to try and do a job for the team. I felt I did better in the second half, and got my head on things. I got through it.”