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IT SHOWS GOOD SPIRIT FROM THE BOYS

15 August 2016

Tom Hopper was pleased with a spirited United performance on Saturday, which saw them fight back from a two-goal deficit to share the spoils with Fleetwood Town.

Eggert Jonsson put the hosts ahead before the break, before David Ball’s solo run and tidy finish extended that advantage.

Hopper’s header just after the hour mark started a brilliant comeback, and United were level just a few minutes later through a stunning Kevin van Veen strike.

“It shows good spirit from the boys,” Hopper told The Iron PlayerHD.

“To go 2-0 down is tough. We’re happy to come away with a point, but it could have been all three because we had enough chances towards the end.

“No-one likes to concede from set-pieces so that’s something we’re always looking to improve on.”

Hopper claimed that no matter what predicament he and his teammates may find themselves in during a match, they will always have the belief that they have enough fire power to score.

“We always know we’ve got goals in us so all it needed was that first one to give us the lift and get us going again," he added.

The goal for Hopper was his first of the season, and capped off an impressive performance from the bench. The frontman hopes Saturday’s goal will only be the beginning.

“It was great to get my first goal of the season and to be honest I’ll take any goals like that. It’s one down now and hopefully many more to come," said the forward.

Iron fans already know that van Veen doesn’t particularly score ordinary goals but, even by his standards, this weekend's finish was something special - as Hopper paid respect to his fellow striker.

He said: “It’s something we obviously know he’s capable of. We’re used to seeing that kind of goal in training, but it was a great finish. Hopefully he’ll keep that coming.”

The team will only have a short break as the next league game sees us travel to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday, and Hopper is already excited to hopefully keep the momentum go in the right direction.

He stated: “No-one likes losing, and we haven’t done that for a while thankfully.

"As long as it continues, we will take confidence from that and use the momentum in the right manner, go about things the right way and hopefully keep on picking up points.”

See much more from Tom Hopper, Sam Mantom and Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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