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SHIRTS ARE UP FOR GRABS

29 January 2015

Iron boss Mark Robins was pleased with new signing Tom Hopper and the impact he has had since joining the club on loan, while also praising Liam O’Neil for his supporting role.

Hopper, who is on loan from Leicester, netted his second goal for the side and his first at Glanford Park to help the Iron secure a point against the Dons.

It was a frustrating first half for the loanee, but Robins was pleased with how O’Neil pushed up in support of the Scunthorpe striker.

Robins told The Iron Player: “Some of the service he got wasn't great, the ball got played too high and he was isolated, so we've got to try and get people in contact.

“I thought Liam O'Neil did well in the second half at getting in contact. I think the first half we got too tight and closed things down for him so we had to play things longer.

“In the second half he got forward and got in good positions, becoming a second striker almost.

“In the end we were looking at one or two of the legs and he had tired legs and Tom Hopper had run himself into the ground.

“Isaiah looked like he was going to struggle after the whack to his head, when he went in with the really committed challenge.”

The effort of the players impressed the Iron boss and he is now hoping that they can use this confidence to go on another good run.

He said: “I want to see the consistency of performances which gives me the ability to be consistent, but also keep an eye on those with fatigue and maybe give them a breather.

“Form is going to be up and down for one or two and we'll be constantly assessing that. Shirts are definitely up for grabs and there's one or two that have done themselves a real favour tonight.”

Robins has made some shrewd acquisitions since taking over as Scunthorpe boss, but said that it would be unlikely that they would make a signing before Saturday’s game with Leyton Orient.

He was also unsure on whether Luke Williams would be returning to Glanford Park this season, following his return to Middlesbrough.

Robins said: “I think that they want to do something with him, but I don't know if that will be with us or not, that's down to Middlesbrough.

See much more from Mark Robins, Tom Hopper and Niall Canavan on The Iron Player.


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