United forward Kevin van Veen says Saturday’s defeat Rochdale was just a bad day at the office.Scunthorpe were beaten 3-1 by Keith Hill’s Dale at Spotland and van Veen could not explain why the Iron could not get going.
“We did not play well,” the Dutchman told The Iron Player.
“We started good and got an unlucky goal against us and we did not deserve to win the game, we can do loads better."
United levelled, nearly 40 minutes after Michael Rose’s opener, and van Veen was the Scunthorpe man on the scoresheet.
He said: “It was a really good ball from Conor (Townsend) and I took it on my chest after the corner and I was really happy with my touch and movement and to score for the team.”
The Iron beat Rochdale at Glanford Park earlier in the season and van Veen admitted the team is capable of much more than Saturday’s display.
He said: “We started really well, conceded an unlucky goal and it looked like our heads went down. I made it 1-1 in the second half and you would have thought we would get a bit of an impulse to win the game but 40 seconds later they scored (a second, through Ian Henderson).”
Manager Mark Robins made three changes to his side, with van Veen coming into the starting XI, just his sixth start in 11 appearances for the club. He is enjoying his time with the Claret and Blue, but admits he is still adjusting.
The 23-year-old added: “My start (here) was really good and then I went a little bit down because I am young and new I have had ups and downs and you have to learn from that. (Personally) Saturday was just okay but I have to do better and I can do better and it is something we will sort."
See much more from Kevin van Veen, Mark Robins and Kyle Wootton on The Iron Player.