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STRIVING FOR PERFECTION

25 February 2014

Iron stopper Sam Slocombe described the 5-1 win over Portsmouth as near-perfect.

The game saw Paddy Madden amongst the scorers with his debut goal alongside an outstanding Dave Syers hat-trick and one more to add to the collection for Sam Winnall.



Captain Slocombe told The Iron Player: “It’s a great result from the boys.

"We put a real shift in, in the first half and maybe got a little bit lucky with the first goal but the other two goals were well taken in that first half.

"Then, we spoke at half time to make sure we continued that intensity in the second half and to go another two goals up inside ten minutes of the restart was brilliant for us.

“It’s nice to know that when you do get chances, you’re going to take them.

"Sam’s (Winnall) goal was fantastic today and it’s nice that Paddy (Madden) got off the mark, whether it be a yard out or 20 yards out, that first one’s always the hardest.”

Of course, being part of United’s defensive unit, Pompey’s consolation did not go unnoticed by Slocombe.

The goalkeeper was as animated following the concession of the goal as he would have been had it seen the Iron lose out on the win.

That is a sure signal of the level of perfection being aimed at in this Scunthorpe squad.

“It was just a simple goal to deal with," he stated.

"As soon as they bring Patrick Agyemang on, you know the ball’s going to come into the box.

"The two centre-backs picked him up quite well and you just look for your fullbacks to sweep round. Unfortunately the young lad, Drennan produced a good, flat header really with the ball dropping like it was.

“At that point they were chucking everything forward to try and get something and that’s always hard to defend but for the majority of it we dealt with things well.

"It was disappointing not to keep the clean sheet but a great performance nevertheless.”

Accrington Stanley showed last Friday that no team, regardless of league position, will provide an easy three points in this division.

The squad had aimed to carry that rectified second half performance into the Portsmouth game, and beyond.

He added: “Accrington on Friday with the pitch how it was and the elements how they were it was a difficult first half. We didn’t perform to our best in the first half.

"In the second we were good. We had to make sure against Portsmouth we played how we did in that second half against Accrington over the full game.

“It’s a big week for us and I think through this season when we’ve had more games in a short space of time we’ve actually been quite successful so ideally we can continue that over the next few days.”

See much more from Sam Slocombe, Dave Syers, Russ Wilcox and Gary McSheffrey on The Iron Player.

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