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ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

28 July 2016

Reacting to the Iron’s victory over Rotherham United, striker Tom Hopper believes it’s another step in the right direction for the squad.

Scunthorpe were 2-1 victors over the Championship side, and Hopper said he felt it was a sharp performance from everyone involved.

Hopper told The Iron PlayerHD: “It was a good performance. I thought we looked sharp in spells and handled them well.

“It’s another progression and more minutes in the bank. It’s how pre-season is to be expected, and I thought we handled ourselves well throughout the game.

“We want to win every game, no matter if there’s anything riding on the game or not. It’s a good habit to get in to, no matter who you’re playing.

“It breeds confidence picking up results, and more importantly playing good football, which we did tonight - so it’s another stepping stone to build on going forward.”

Next up for Hopper and his teammates is a trip to face Hartlepool United on Saturday, with the 22-year-old stating it’s been refreshing to face all different types of opposition throughout the course of pre-season.

“We’ve faced every style of opposition in this pre-season. We had Hull, who played some really nice football,” he stated.

“Rotherham are a bit more like what we’re going to face, and Hartlepool will be similar I’d have thought, so it’s important to handle all different scenarios and work out ways to counter that."

The centre forward spoke about the pre-season as well too, and he believes the squad are well positioned, going into the opening fixture of the campaign against Bristol Rovers.

“I think we’re in a good place. Everyone came back fairly fit originally, and then a tough week in Austria allowed us to get some more miles in the bank,” he stated.

“We’re progressing at the rate expected, and getting ready for the opening game of the season against Bristol Rovers."

See much more from Tom Hopper, Graham Alexander and Charlie Goode on The Iron PlayerHD.

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