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10 October 2016

On-loan midfielder Richie Smallwood was disappointed that he and his team-mates couldn't see off Northampton Town at Glanford Park on Saturday.

Josh Morris continued his fine run of form by scoring directly from a free-kick just before the break, taking his tally to 12 league goals for the season.

Things then looked to have been made easier for the Iron when Matt Taylor was sent off in the second period, but Jak McCourt delivered the hammer blow by smashing home in the 74th minute to leave the scores at 1-1.

“We stopped playing our game,” Smallwood told The Iron PlayerHD.

“It was a bit of disappointment with them being down to ten-men, but it was a fair result. We can be disappointed in how we played in the second half, considering how we played in the first period.

“They played well in the second half and you could say that a point was a fair result based on that.”

Morris is one of the most in-form players in the country, and Smallwood was full of praise for the winger – who now has 13 goals in all competitions.

He stated: “It’s always nice to have someone with that ability in the team. He’s got a wonder of a left foot, and he’s scoring in every game.

“He’s certainly putting in some goal of the season contenders. Hopefully it continues.”

Smallwood joined on loan at the end of the transfer window, and has played frequently since that date. The Rotherham man is hoping to keep his place in the side, but knows it won’t be easy.

“I’m loving it here. It’s always nice to be playing, but it’s not an easy squad to get into," he explained.

“There’s competition for places, but hopefully I can keep my place and we can keep picking up more points.”

The attendances at Glanford Park are gradually getting bigger every game, and this is something Smallwood and the rest of the team would love to see continue.

“If a team is doing well, it gets the fans in of all different ages. Hopefully the fans that have stopped coming before come back too," he said.

“That tends to happen when you are top of the league and winning games, and everything’s hunky dory.

“The home form and crowd is important and we need everyone to get behind us. We’ve started off great, but there’s a long way to go and we know that.”

See much more from Richie Smallwood, Graham Alexander and Josh Morris on The Iron PlayerHD.

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