Gary McSheffrey says that the Iron need to build on their recent form with victory against Colchester United on Saturday.United drew 1-1 against Port Vale on Tuesday night, with an added time Kyle Wootton equaliser cancelling out Richard Duffy’s first half effort for Vale, and the 32-year-old believes that this turned out to be a point gained for the side overall.
"It was hugely important, we saw the results after the game and it was a big point in the end," said McSheffrey.
"Port Vale came and played quite well but we had some chances in the game to win the game quite comfortably.
"When they’re not going in, you just think it’s gonna be one of those nights where you’re not gonna score so it was a huge goal at the end."
Wootton’s goal was the first of his professional career and was also assisted by another Iron youth team graduate in Hakeeb Adelakun. Asked if it was nice to see two young players making such an impact, McSheffrey explained that it is great for both the area and the club.
He said: "Nowadays young players are given opportunities a lot earlier than when I was at their age for example.
"They’ve got to be able to adapt to professional football but both of them have come on a lot this season and they’ve dealt with it well.
"Haks (Adelakun) is an unbelievable talent, if he does things right then he can have a great career in the game and Kyle’s been coming on of late in the last few minutes of games.
"I’m delighted with him to score a goal because he’s got a great attitude, is a nice kid and they both did well.
"It’s good for the club and it’s good for the area that two youth products have come through and are playing regular first team football."
The midfielder also explained that there are no set goals for the rest of the campaign, as the club look to wrap up their League One status for next season is quickly as possible and that the team can only look at one game at a time.
He said: "The realistic goal is just to win the next game, that’s all we can think of.
"You know, we’ve had a couple of good results at Glanford Park with two home wins on the spin and then the draw Tuesday was a good point in the end so it’s just win the next game really and get over the line as soon as we can."
Looking ahead to Colchester away at the weekend, the midfielder says that the team need to be wary of a potential fight back after the U’s 6-0 defeat at Chesterfield in mid-week.
Asked what he expects from the side, he said: "They got a bit of a hammering the other night but will be looking to bounce back.
"You can go two ways after a loss like that, you can either crumble after a defeat or regroup and bounce back like a wounded animal.
"We’ve got to go there and be solid first and foremost. After that, we need to believe in ourselves and hopefully get the win we need.
"There’s confidence that we can go to Colchester and win. While we’ve had a few bad results away from home recently, they’ve been against top teams in the league.
"We’ve got to go there looking to get a good result and I’m sure we can do it."
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