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ALL POSITIVE HEADING TO STAMFORD BRIDGE

5 January 2016

Midfielder Jamie Ness was happy with the performance he and his teammates put in against Wigan on Saturday.

The team grinded out a thoroughly deserved point against one of the league’s better teams.

Superb play from Kevin van Veen and Scott Laird saw the latter cross to Luke Williams, who gave the Iron a 20th minute lead. Despite looking more likely to find a second goal, it was the visitors who would equalise just ten minutes before half time, as Michael Jacobs unleashed an unstoppable effort that found the corner of the net.

Despite not getting all three points, Ness was pleased with the way his side performed on the day.

“I thought it was a really good performance from us,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“We dug in when we had to and we really stopped them from playing. We know they tried to play it out from the back a lot, and I think we nullified that.

“We created a few chances ourselves and we are just disappointed with the goal we let in.”

In the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium, United went down to a 3-0 loss, and Ness believes Saturday’s result shows how far the team has come already.

He said: “It shows how far we’ve come. With myself and Stephen Dawson coming back in to the team, while Luke Williams was out injured too, we’re now starting to click together and hopefully we will kick on and climb the table.”

While happy with the result, he also stated that should the team perform to that level on a regular basis, then a good run of wins won’t be far away.

He said: “It was a bit end-to-end in the second half at times but I thought we defended really well, we were just a bit unlucky that we didn’t get one that dropped to us at the other end. We’re happy with the point, and we can build on that.

“If we play like that most weeks the chances are we are going to win games. Obviously Wigan are one of the best teams in the division, so to play like that and get the point we know we will pick up more points and get wins.”

Next up for the Iron is an exciting trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on the Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup third round. Ness says the team can now focus on that match following the end of Saturday’s game.

He said: “Everyone’s really positive. We’re disappointed slightly not to win, but at the same time we are ready to build on that and everyone can look forward to Chelsea now next week.

“The way we’ve performed today we will obviously have to match that and raise that standard at Stamford Bridge, because we know it’s going to be a very difficult game.

“It’s one that everyone is really going to look to enjoy, and we will go with no pressure on us and see what the game gives us. We are all confident in our abilities, and we know we are going to have to work hard, but you never know – this is football.”

See much more from Jamie Ness, Mark Robins and Kevin van Veen on The Iron PlayerHD.

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