“Edgar Davids helped me with my game,” says Boro defender
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BORO’S Bondz N’Gala has spoken of his time under the tutelage of a Champions League and three times Serie A winner as the reason for his recent run in the side.
N’Gala has played every minute of every game since his return from a month long loan spell at Barnet in mid-March and has cited Bee’s manager Edgar Davids’ influence as playing a big part.
Speaking to the Comet, the 23-year-old said: “It was an amazing experience, a player of his calibre, it was always going to be interesting to play under such a top player and it definitely helped me with my game.
“He was always joining in [training], always vocal and always raising the standard which was a fantastic thing.
“It [the loan spell] helped me as a player, kept me playing, kept me fit and when I came back I was ready to play.”
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With Boro’s final league game of the season coming up at home to MK Dons on Saturday, the best the club can hope for is a 15th place finish, but N’Gala believes motivation won’t be an issue.
“There’s always something to play for, the gaffer’s always drilling that into us.
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“Winning is the most important thing and if we start that now then we can carry it on into next season.”
Two defeats in their last three games have seen the Dons fall just short of the play-off places, the first time the club have missed out during manager Karl Robinson’s time at the club, but N’Gala is well aware that a tough game awaits them none-the-less.
“They’re a good footballing side,” said the defender.
“Everyone knows what they’re like and it’s down to us to stop them and to win the game.
“The gaffer and the boys have all lifted ourselves, we’ve got over the result last week and we’ll be ready to kick on again on Saturday.”