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DELIGHTED TO BE OFF THE MARK

16 February 2015

New Iron striker Kevin van Veen was delighted with his first start in a Scunthorpe United shirt and hopes his side can push on up the League One table.

The Dutchman scored the third goal as the Iron produced an impressive second half comeback to defeat promotion chasing Swindon 3-1.

The visitors led at the break, but after a few words from manager Mark Robins at half-time, the Iron turned the game around to secure the points.

The striker said that the Iron boss had encouraged his team because he felt the game was still there for the taking and galvanised the side.

van Veen told The Iron Player: “He told us that we had to be creative because there were a lot of chances for us.

“We took the chances and won 3-1. I think it was a good game for us and the points are the most important thing for today.”

It was van Veen’s third appearance for the Iron, but his first from the start and he repaid Mark Robins’ faith in him by notching a goal.

Not only was his goal excellent, but his all-round play was superb too, which saw him pick up a man of the match award.

The delighted Dutchman said: “I was very pleased to get the points and also a goal and I felt I played well so for me that is a really good feeling.

“I am really happy with the goal. I took the ball from the defender and I chose to lob the ball over the ‘keeper and it was a great finish.

“I have to press forwards for every ball so that is what I did, but now I’m a little bit tired.”

Despite not being at the club for too long, van Veen is already settling in well at the club, becoming an instant hit with fans and teammates alike.

The Dutch striker was really pleased with how his life at Scunthorpe had started and had further reasons to look forward to the next week.

He said: “I have settled in fine. The players in the team are really nice and I’ve signed for an apartment next Friday and have a car now so it’s all really nice.”

van Veen was hopeful that this could translate to impressive personal form on the pitch as well trying to put together another impressive run as a team.

The Iron are just six points off the League One play-off places and have games in hand over some of the sides above them, leaving United well placed to mount a push for the top six.

The Dutchman was confident of achieving of taking the club’s as high as possible this season, but was keen to take everything on a game by game basis.

van Veen said: “I hope I play a lot of games and that I can be important and score a lot of goals.

“I hope that we make it to the play-offs, but in the last few games we spilt some points against Coventry and Oldham so we will take it starting from Chesterfield.”

See much more from Kevin van Veen, Mark Robins, Paddy Madden and Tom Hopper on The Iron Player.


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