Iron midfielder Isaiah Osbourne felt it was a bad day at the office for his side, but was confident that they could bounce back in coming matches.Scunthorpe fell to a 1-0 defeat to Oldham, with Carl Winchester’s goal six minutes from time proving decisive, giving the visitors all three points and maintaining their impressive form.
The Iron came into the game on the back of a 4-1 win at Leyton Orient last weekend, but Osbourne thought that Oldham made it hard for United to get into their stride.
Osbourne told The Iron Player: “I would say it was just a bad game for all of us to be honest. It was more or less a scrappy game.
“I think we should have just tried to see it out and got a draw out of it. We never got going during the game and Oldham set out to make it hard for us, if you know what I mean.
“They pretty much closed us down every time we had the ball. I think they had a game plan and it worked.
“We just struggled all round today. It was just a scrappy game and a game we should have grinded out for a draw.”
The Iron are straight back in action on Tuesday though as they travel to Coventry hoping to bounce back and continue their impressive away record in the league.
Mark Robins’ side are unbeaten in eight matches on the road and Tuesday’s game is just the start of six games in the space of three weeks.
Osbourne felt that this provided a perfect opportunity for the Iron to return to winning ways and push on towards the League One play-offs.
The midfielder said: “Obviously we’ve got the game on Tuesday at Coventry and hopefully we will go there and win, that is the aim.
“Of course, the play-offs are the aim and the players still believe that and we still think we can so we will just keep going.”
New striker Kevin van Veen made his Iron debut against Oldham and there are high hopes surrounding the Dutchman, who played just over 15 minutes on Saturday.
Whilst Osbourne has been impressed by what he has seen from the United new boy so far, he also urged supporters to give him time to settle at the club.
He said: “I’ve not really seen much of him to be honest. I think he’s only been training for a few days, but looking at him he certainly looks like a good player.
“I think people need to give him time to settle and hopefully he will start showing what he’s about. People might have seen his clips on YouTube and stuff like that so we’ve just got to give him time.”
See much more from Isaiah Osbourne, Mark Robins and Niall Canavan on The Iron Player.