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1 December 2014

Terry Hawkridge believes the Iron squad will take a lot of confidence going forward from the 2-1 win at Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

United went behind just before the half hour mark but two goals from Paddy Madden ensured the team came away with a hard earned three points from their trip to South Yorkshire.

And Hawkridge feels that the result is of extra significance given the fact that it came against a side that were playing Championship football last season.

He told The Iron Player: “It’s a great place to come to and win – they’re a great side.

“We’ve changed our formation and the way we play and I think you can see we’re playing football and it’s helping us.

“We played some good stuff. We still have some things to work on but what football club doesn’t?

“They were a Championship side last year so to come away with a victory is great and we can take confidence from that going into the next game.

“We’ve just got to keep playing as well as we can and hopefully get out of that bottom four.”

The last couple of fixtures have seen Hawkridge deployed in a right-back position and he admits it’s a role he doesn’t mind fulfilling.

Usually seen on the wing, the 24-year-old is just pleased to be playing and hopes the side can build on the Barnsley success.

“We’re struggling with injuries a little bit at the minute and the gaffer asked me if I mind playing there,” he continued.

“I just said I’d try my best and I think I’ve done well but it’s a team game and I did well because everyone in front of me all did well too.

“We grafted and I think everyone deserved the three points.

“We’ve got some great attacking players in our side and Paddy scored two great goals.

“The play leading up to the goals was great and it shows what we can do and hopefully we can carry on doing that.”

The last few weeks have seen a number of new faces introduced to the squad and Hawkridge stated that a large part of the team’s success has been down to the fact that the players bond so well.

And the former Gainsborough man insisted that the next aim is to continue posting positive results and to try to extend the clubs run of good form.

He added: “The new players have come in and we’ve bonded straight away so that’s a good thing.

“We’re like that. We bond and we have a laugh but when it comes down to the game, it’s about battling out on the pitch.

“People always say that the Christmas period is one where you need to pick up points so hopefully the win (against Barnsley) will help us to do that.

“Hopefully we can have a good week in training, go on a good run of form and start climbing the table.”

See much more from Terry Hawkridge, Mark Robins and Paddy Madden on The Iron Player.

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