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BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATIONS

29 March 2016

Tom Hopper was pleased that the Iron found their clinical form on Monday, as the team romped to a biggest league success since 2001 during a 6-0 victory over Swindon.

After a scrappy first 20 minutes, Conor Townsend gave United the lead just before the half hour mark, with Jordan Clarke adding another with half-time edging closer.

The real damage was done after the break though, as the Iron scored a third only three minutes into the half through Hakeeb Adelakun, then Tom Hopper scored a fourth, before Paddy Madden was sent through on goal to find a fifth. With fans in the stands still rubbing their eyes following the fifth, Hopper headed home his second and United’s sixth.

Hopper told The Iron PlayerHD: “We’re really pleased with the goals, and really happy with the clean sheet too. It was a great performance from everyone.

“I think those first two goals killed them a bit going in at half time, and then we built on that straight away after the break. We were clinical, which we’ve probably been guilty of not being recently.

“We were a bit leggy in the first half purely from the tough game we had on Friday at Barnsley. Even then we stuck to what we do well, and they gave us a few opportunities which we were clinical with today.”

The brace for Hopper was his first of the season, but he hopes it won’t be the last with seven league games left before the summer break.

“I’ve said so many times that I want to chip in with more goals, so there’s another couple on the way, and hopefully I can keep going now until the end of the season," he mentioned.

Swindon’s reluctance to change their style of play eventually became their downfall on Monday, but Hopper did mention that against other teams it may have worked.

“Even last season when they came here they tried to play a certain way, and they stick to that regardless of how it’s going for them," he said.

“We set up traps and allowed them to do certain things, then picked them off at the right times, which we did last season as well. Maybe one day it might work for them and they will be unbelievable, but today it went a bit wrong wrong.”

The result saw an incredible six goals, but it could have been more. The Iron also managed to record a second successive clean sheet, and fifth in their last seven games, something Hopper praised the whole team for.

“Everyone behind the scenes wanted us to keep on pushing for more, the fans included, and we will always try to do that," he said.

“They’ve (the defence) been solid for the last few games and beyond that, and the results prove it. We do defend from the front and defend as a unit all over.

“Everyone has worked really hard and everyone has contributed to that, and we’re just building on the foundations and working hard. It’s paying off for us."

See much more from Tom Hopper, Graham Alexander and Hakeeb Adelakun on The Iron PlayerHD.

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