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26 September 2016

Winger Duane Holmes was pleased to score his first goal for the club on Saturday but insists it's all about the team.

He netted with nine minutes left to seemingly give his side three points against Sheffield United before Billy Sharp's late leveller from the penalty spot as it ended 2-2.

Chris Basham had put the visitors ahead, before Josh Morris scored ten minutes into the second period. Basham was then giving his marching orders by Darren Deadman for a late challenge on Neal Bishop.

“We’re disappointed to not get all three points,” Holmes told The Iron PlayerHD.

“It’s not too bad a point in the end considering where we were at half-time. I thought we were unlucky to go in 1-0 down at half-time, but it was a well-worked free kick.”

The first half wasn’t the greatest on the eye from either team, but Graham Alexander’s half time team talk clearly had an effect on the Iron, as they came out and played some fantastic football.

Holmes said that even when his side were 1-0 down, they had full belief that they could get back into it sooner or later.

“We all said at half time that we were down as we weren’t playing our best stuff, but we said they’d only had one shot on target and scored it," he stated.

“We were frustrated, but in the second half we completely turned the game on its head.”

The goal for Holmes is only the second of his career, but more importantly his first playing in claret and blue. The pacey winger claimed he didn’t think too much about the seconds leading up to the effort, he just wanted to let rip.

“I didn’t really think about it too much. I took a touch and hit it, and hoped it’d go in. I knew there was one coming for me, so I’m glad it came today," he said.

“It’s about the team, and we’re on a good run at the minute. Long may that continue. We will take this momentum into Tuesday night.”

The team travel to Walsall on Tuesday night for their next League One match, and the game gives them the chance to get over that late Sheffield United equaliser quickly.

“We always look forward to the next game now this one is done. All of our focus is now on Tuesday and we will recover right and be full prepared for it," he added.

The crowds at Glanford Park are getting bigger every week, and Holmes stated that their support on Saturday was key to the team getting back in the game.

He stated: “It really does help when the crowd get behind you. In the last couple of weeks there have been more and more coming, and it’s been getting louder each time, and I hope that continues.”

See much more from Duane Holmes, Richie Smallwood and Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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