Midfielder Terry Hawkridge believes the Iron’s performances have not warranted the results in recent games.The Claret and Blue were the better side in the first half of the M180 derby with Doncaster on Saturday, when we went a goal up as Rory Fallon scored his second goal in as many appearances for the club.
“I thought we did well in the first half, we got the ball down, but it’s mistakes that are costing us at the minute and we have to cut them out of our game and start picking up points,” Hawkridge told The Iron Player after the 2-1 defeat.
“I don’t think either side controlled the game but I thought we were the better team overall and, like I said, mistakes cost us.
“Especially in this league, give them the opportunity and they will put it away and that’s what happened on Saturday.”
It was a feisty affair, a typical derby match, and the 24-year-old feels the squad can take positives from their performance against Paul Dickov’s Rovers, who he insists are a good outfit.
He added: “I thought we got the ball down really well and we created chances but there’s little positives you can take when the mistakes are so big and costing us.
“They were a strong side, they were only in the Championship last season, but then we have a strong side too and that’s why we got promoted last year and it’s the reason we are in this league. Hopefully we can take it on board and keep going.”
Hawkridge also had special praise for striker Fallon, who has scored in both of his Scunthorpe appearances since joining less than two weeks ago. Fallon fired United into the lead after he controlled and shot on the turn from the edge of the box to silence the visitors.
“Rory’s a great lad,” the ex-Gainsborough man added.
“He has done well since he arrived here. He’s worked hard and he showed against Doncaster that he finishes the chances he gets. Hopefully he can keep it up, keep creating chances and scoring for us to get us further up the table to where we want to be.”
The Iron have a quick turnaround when they host Notts County in midweek, in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and Hawkridge thinks it’s a good opportunity for Russ Wilcox’s men to gather momentum at Glanford Park, before we travel to Gillingham at the weekend.
“Every game you want to win,” he said.
“There’s not one you don’t care about as a footballer - you want to win every game, no matter what it is.
“It’s going to be another tough one, but if we can get the victory, hopefully we can take it into Saturday’s game at Gillingham.
“If you get a good cup run, it’s great and you may get some silverware.
“We just need to keep going, we haven’t performed badly, just little errors need cutting out of our game.”
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