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SEVEN OUT OF NINE A DECENT RETURN

28 November 2016

Though disappointed not to win on Saturday, Iron winger Duane Holmes feels seven points from the last three games is a decent return.

Holmes had given United a first-half lead in the 1-1 home draw against Oxford, following a Josh Morris cross which resulted in the former Huddersfield man scoring a header.

However, Phil Edwards’ headed goal just after the break meant both sides would have to settle for a point apiece.

“On a whole we’re a little disappointed,” Holmes told The Iron PlayerHD.

“We didn’t play too well, and we conceded so early in the second half.

“I thought we could have seen the game out a bit better. To concede from a set-piece where we’re normally very good, it was just an off character performance I’d say.”

As the fog settled in and began to make things difficult for both sides, it was the Iron who went ahead when a quick counter-attack rewarded Holmes with two bites of the cherry, the second being the goal.

“It was a great counter attack, and I don’t know how I missed the first chance really - it was a great save," he said.

“I tried to get back on-side. Josh (Morris) has put a great ball in, and I just wanted to make sure I got my head on it.

“I’m pretty confident I’ll never score a header again. I’m happy to be on the scoresheet, but disappointed we didn’t get all three points.”

The officials were on the pitch at half-time assessing the visibility, as the fog thickened. Holmes stated that the Iron would not use the conditions as an excuse for the ‘disappointing’ goal they conceded.

“The ref came in at half time and said the fog was dropping, and that he might have to call it off," he said.

“We won’t make excuses, we’ll watch it back and see where we can improve going forward.”

Three games in a week started with the 1-0 win over Oldham last weekend, before the 2-0 Tuesday night victory at Peterborough United.

“Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday’s are always tough, and to get seven points from nine is a good return," said Holmes.

“Tuesday was very tough physically and we’ve not quite had enough in us today to get going again, but it is just a one-off, and I’m pretty sure we will bounce back.”

The Iron are without a game this Saturday, due to their exit from the FA Cup, and so the next league match does not come until December 10th, when we travel to Rochdale.

Holmes believes the mini-break will give the team the chance to work on the errors from Saturday, and get a rest before the busy December and New Year period.

“It’ll be nice to get the rest before the busy December period, but we always want to play. We will take the rest next weekend and come back stronger," he concluded.

See much more from Duane Holmes, Murray Wallace and Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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