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VAN VEEN ENCOURAGED BY IRON DISPLAYS

31 July 2015

Striker Kevin van Veen believes there is plenty to be encouraged by after the 4-2 home win over Sheffield Wednesday this week.

A Paddy Madden double in the first half drew United back level twice, before van Veen broke through on goal and finished superbly in the second half.

A late, superbly taken Kyle Wootton header would finish the scoring off in a game which van Veen described as a great team performance:

"I thought we played really well," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We played solid from the back, and the strikers and midfielders as well - it makes it a lot easier to win games."

Having set up the opener for Madden, van Veen got his name on the scoresheet too – which he was very happy to have done.

He said: "I was happy with the one I scored, and I was also happy with the first one when I set it up for Paddy who finished well.

"I was just happy that we won 4-2 for our confidence. The staff and players deserve this because we're working very hard."

Two 1-1 draws, and yesterday’s 4-2 victory, mean the Iron are unbeaten against Championship opposition this pre-season. van Veen said it gives the team belief that they will be a top half of the table team next season.

He stated: "If we keep these performances up against Middlesborough, Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday, then we have a big chance to play up at the top of the league."

A goal and two assists the previous Saturday too leaves van Veen in good form ahead of the Burton Albion League One opener.

"Saturday (at Lincoln United) was totally different, but I was happy with my goal and two assists," he said.

"I played in the number 10 role which was different for me, but overall I was happy (with my performance)."

With our strikers scoring goals seemingly freely at the moment, van Veen mentioned: "Paddy was on fire already, and Kyle's was a great header - it was really decent to score goals like this."

The Dutch striker is coming to the end of his first full pre-season in England, and he is happy with how it has gone.

“It's gone fairly well, no injuries for me and I'm really fit so I feel good," he finished.

See much more from Kevin van Veen on The Iron PlayerHD.

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