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A DIFFERENT KIND OF TEST

20 February 2015

Loanee Tom Hopper said the Iron can “match any team in the league” as Scunthorpe travel to Preston North End on Saturday.

United picked up six points from two games against Swindon and Chesterfield and Hopper said the confidence is high in the squad, and they can pick up points against anyone.

Hopper told The Iron Player: “We always knew that we could pick up points against some of the better teams in the league.

“However, in this league anyone can pick up points against anyone and you can lose to anyone.

"That is the reason why the league is so competitive. We know we can match any team in the league.”

He continued: “The confidence is high and the performances have been exactly what people expect of us in recent games.

“We have obviously been picking up the points as well which we fully deserve. The confidence has been high pretty much since I have been here.

"The results have come in, the points have come in and everyone is on a high.”

Paddy Madden, Kevin van Veen and Hopper have all found the net in recent weeks and the Leicester City striker believes the three forwards have been combining well with each other. He also believes he can play with anyone in the Iron’s attack.

He added: “Both Paddy (Madden) and Kevin (van Veen) are quality players. We are pretty fluid in switching it around at the top like we have been doing. I’m enjoying games no matter who it is, I like to think I can play with anyone.”

United have had games coming thick and fast in recent weeks, but with the Iron picking up points on a regular basis, Hopper is pleased that the games are so close together.

He stated: “When we are playing well, it is a good thing to have these games coming quick and fast. If it keeps us on a good run then it will get us up the league quicker, so I don’t think having the games like they are is a bad thing at the moment.”

The Iron face a Preston side who currently sit in and amongst the play-offs.

Hopper sees the game as a tough one, but with recent victories over both Swindon and Chesterfield, the striker is looking forward to it.

He said: “Preston will be a tough test. A different type of test to the last couple of weeks.

"They are a physical side and they have quality as we saw when they played Manchester United the other week. I’m sure they will all still be on a bit of a buzz after that. So I’m looking forward to it.

“I think there are a lot of teams that think we can compete for those play off places, having played against us. If we put in a performance at Deepdale, then I am sure people will be worrying about us.

“We need to the same as what we have been doing. Putting in good performances and then our quality will come through. Then I am sure we will have no doubts in picking up the three points.”

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