Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Checkatrade Trophy was the perfect response to Saturday’s first loss of the season at Port Vale.Young winger Hakeeb Adelakun says he was pleased to play a big part in the victory.
It was Murray Wallace who had headed United into the lead, before the 20-year-old scored his first goal of the season in the second half (the Iron’s second of the game), just moments after ‘Boro had in fact equalised.
“They moved the ball around well in the first half,” Adelakun told The Iron PlayerHD.
“But in the second half we tucked in, which stopped them playing.
“That gave us a lot of freedom and opened up a lot of space, meaning I could pick the ball up and drive through.”
It will have been good for the fans to see team settle back down and get over the Port Vale loss last weekend, putting in a commanding performance on the night.
“It was good to get all the spirits up, and get everyone happy again. So we’ve got to keep on going now, and carry on the run," he said.
“It was a different test for us. Obviously they move the ball around a lot more, and take more chances and risks compared to teams in our league. It was good for us though, because it gave us that variation of opposition.”
United have already scored some stunning goals this season, and Adelakun wanted to remind the Iron faithful just how good a shot he has, as he fired in an unstoppable effort from around 25 yards out.
“It was my first of the season, and now I just want to carry on and get as many as I can. It’s always great to score, and I just want to do it as much as I can," he stated.
The team now have a little break from action because of the cancellation of Saturday’s home fixture with Charlton, due to the Addicks receiving international call-ups.
Adelakun believes the break will give the players the chance to recover properly from the hectic start to the season, and will provide the chance to prepare properly for their next League One encounter with Southend United, a week on Saturday.
“We’ve had a lot of games on a Saturday then a Tuesday, so this little break coming up will mean the lads can recover properly," he concluded.
“Everyone’s already hyped up and ready to go. We just want to be back out on the pitch."
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