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A GOOD TEST AGAINST A GOOD SIDE

30 August 2016

Iron assistant manager Chris Lucketti was pleased his side got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The new format sees United put three points on the board in Group G after overcoming Middlesbrough's academy side, with Shrewsbury Town and Cambridge United still to face.

"We're delighted to get the result," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We played well in patches and it was a good test against a good side. We didn't know how tonight would go and what sort of team they would put out. We do know they've got a lot of quality at this level and at the club.

"They've got a good set-up and have players who have gone through their system for a number of years and they've also added to that."

Hakeeb Adelakun got the eventual winner, with Scunthorpe responding superbly to a Boro equaliser to put themselves back ahead within 90 seconds of the restart.

The winger's strike saw him pick the ball up from 25 yards before finding the bottom corner of the net.

"He's showed in patches what he's capable of this evening," he continued.

"He has got a lot of talent, he just needs to produce that consistently now over 95 minutes. He's got to build on that and he's shown everyone what he's capable of.

"We know what he's capable of as we see it on the training ground. We're looking for consistency from him."

Murray Wallace broke the deadlock midway through the second half, bulleting home a header following Josh Morris' corner.

"Set pieces are a massive part of the game," he stated.

"We're expecting Muzza to get five, six, seven or more goals a season with how good he is in the air. It was great timing, great delivery and a great finish."

There was also a first professional start for second year academy full back Lewis Butroid, as he was handed the number 34 jersey ahead of the game. Lucketti gave his reaction to the youngster's performance.

"I thought Lewis was man of the match," he said.

"I thought he was composed and it certainly didn't look like it was his first start. He never shirked a challenge and he can be so proud how he played tonight. He looked like he had played 50, 60 or 70 games and that's a credit to himself and the academy as well."

Duane Holmes came off early on in the second half, with the assistant boss stating it was a precautionary measure.

"It was just a precaution. He had a clash of knees, so we took him off to protect him.

See much more from Chris Lucketti, Hakeeb Adelakun and Murray Wallace on The Iron PlayerHD.

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