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PUT IN A PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

15 April 2016

The Iron’s Tom Hopper believes Saturday’s away clash with Crewe Alexandra will be a tough test, but one which the squad are confident of taking three points from.

The Railwaymen suffered relegation last weekend and, for Hopper, it’s all about going to the Alexandra Stadium and putting on a professional display.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “I think it will be a very tough game. The shackles will be off in some respects, and now they know their fate they’ll be probably quite relaxed.

“They’ll probably try to put on a performance for their fans.

“So we’ll have to go there and be very professional, and try to impose ourselves on them."

Looking back to last weekend’s victory over League One high-flyers Burton Albion, Hopper thinks United showed a different side to their game, which will stand them in good stead going forward.

“Last week saw us pick up a great three points against Burton, who have been full of confidence, and they’ve been winning games all season,” he continued.

“To get the win in the manner which we did gave them a shock. We ground it out really well and also played some good football.

“In this league you’re going to have to win games like that. It’s maybe not pleasing on the eye but, at the end of the day, if we’re taking three points home, no one cares.

“We want to finish strongly as a team, a group and the management too. We want to set the foundations for next season. So we can hopefully take the confidence we pick up into the summer and get raring to go in pre-season.”

As far as the striker’s own game is concerned, he still feels he has a lot more to give. The six goals which he’s netted is something he wants to build upon.

Performance-wise though, the 22-year-old is relatively happy and says they’re getting close to somewhere he’d expect them to be at.

“It’s been great. I still feel as though there’s a lot more I can show, so I’m obviously still working really hard,” he said.

“However, I’ve felt really good and the goals are starting to trickle in now, which is nice, plus the performances are getting where I want them to be.

“I’ll keep working hard, keep working hard all summer and then I’ll be ready to hit the ground running in August.”

See much more from Tom Hopper, Graham Alexander, David Mirfin and Jamie Ness on The Iron PlayerHD.

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