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22 August 2016

Iron striker Tom Hopper says he felt everyone put in a near perfect performance in the 5-0 victory over Gillingham.

United ran riot against the Gills but, despite the comprehensive scoreline, Hopper insists the squad won’t get carried away.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Hopper said: “We’re obviously delighted. I thought we did everything right from minute one through to minute 94.

“I thought we played to our strengths, we set out to do what we wanted to do, and nullified their threats when possible. We're delighted with it, because it only breeds confidence for everyone as a group and individually.

“We’re putting all of our energy towards the next game, and getting that right result. We’re working really hard on the training pitch also, but it has to be said we’re delighted with how things are going at the moment."

The frontline which the 22-year-old was a part of will get the headlines, however Hopper believes the solid defensive work which was put in was the foundation for the victory.

“We looked very dangerous going forward, but you can only be dangerous going forward if you’ve got security at the back. Which we had from Luke (Daniels), the entire back four, and both Neal Bishop and Stephen Dawson in the midfield ran the show,” he explained.

“As a striker it’s nice to know that more often than not we’re going to have clean sheets. We pride ourselves on defending from the front, and all through the whole team. We’re reaping the rewards from that at the moment, and it allows us as attacking players to go and get the goals."

The centre forward notched the fifth of the game against Gillingham, and in turn took his tally to three for the season so far - something he says he’s thrilled with.

“I’m very pleased to get my third goal of the campaign. Hakeeb (Adelakun) actually did all the hard work for me,” he stated.

“However, it’s nice to put that one in after the miss on Tuesday. I’m delighted with how things are going, and long may that continue."

Bristol City are Scunthorpe’s next opponents, when they visit Glanford Park on Tuesday in the second round of the EFL Cup, and the frontman wants to carry on in the same run of form which has seen he and his teammates start the new campaign so well.

“It’s a nice carrot (should the Iron progress to the third round of the EFL Cup), but lets get past Bristol City first,” he added.

“So hopefully we can keep doing the things we’ve been doing of late, and hopefully we can cause them some problems."

See much more from Tom Hopper, Graham Alexander and Murray Wallace on the Iron PlayerHD.

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