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LOOKING TO CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE AWAY FORM

6 March 2015

Tom Hopper thinks that the Iron’s away form will stand them in good stead ahead of the trip to Crewe Alexandra.

The on-loan Leicester striker praised the results away from Glanford Park since his arrival, with the club picking up points in four of the five away games since the striker made his United debut against Walsall on 10 January.   

He told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk: "I suppose any team can say but this but we know for a fact that if we put in the right performance that we can pick up points anywhere and we’ve been particularly impressive away from home since I’ve been here really.

"We’ve been scoring goals away from home and picking up a lot of points which obviously helps with two away games coming up over the next week."

Looking back at the Fleetwood game on Tuesday, where United drew 2-2, Hopper said that while it was disappointing not to pick up three points, he thought the team did well to get back and earn a point overall.

United came from behind twice on Tuesday, with Gary McSheffrey equalising an early Jamie Proctor goal and George Evans then doing the same three minutes after Fleetwood had given Scunthorpe the lead for a second time.    

Hopper said: "I thought it was a really good, battling performance form the boys, we’re obviously disappointed not to get three points but we scored two great goals and came from behind twice which says a lot about the team.

"It’s a tough place to go on a cold, windy Tuesday night but we dug in well and could’ve taken three points on any other day.

"I think that any point away from home is good in this league and while  wanted to take three wherever we go, Fleetwood are a good side, it was a great footballing game and even though we would’ve liked three points, we’ll take the point and move on."

The Iron will be hoping to do the double over Crewe after a 77th minute winner from Miguel Llera resulted in a 2-1 victory in December at Glanford Park and looking ahead to the game, Hopper recognises that it won’t be an easy game.

However, he does think that it is one that the Iron should be looking to pick up three points from.  

He said: "I suppose Crewe are a little bit inconsistent with their performances, they’ve picked up a couple of good results and then lost a couple but it’s not an easy place to go.

"However, if we do similar things to Tuesday and the performance is right then I’m sure we’ll have no problem picking up three points there."

The 21-year-old recognises that it will be a battle, with Crewe looking to get away from any potential relegation trouble but is confident that United will win if they play to the best of their abilities.

He stated: "With every team down at the bottom, it’s going to be hard because every team is a cup final for them, they’re going to battle in everything they do all they can to win the game but we will too.

"We believe that on the day, we’ll have more than they will and that’ll shine through."

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