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Ojo aiming to become stronger and fitter

10 August 2017

Belgian midfielder Funso Ojo is still adapting to the physical nature of the English game, but he is happy with the reception from the fans since his arrival

The 25-year-old, who joined on a free transfer from Dutch side Willem II, has come close to scoring already for the club in his appearances so far.

In an interview with iFollow Iron, Ojo discussed his first couple of games at Scunthorpe United, on trying to get that first goal and how he is adapting himself to the football.

ON THE FIRST COUPLE OF THE GAMES…
FO: I am happy to have started both games, but in the first game there was an opportunity to win the match, especially in the first 45 minutes. The cup game was intense with the extra minutes. If I look back on it, I think it was a waste of energy because we just needed to win in the 90 minutes, but we are onto the next round. That’s what I told the team as well, that’s the most important thing.

"There is always a goalkeeper who gets a last touch on to the crossbar or the post. I think if I can keep getting into the box, just keep on trying, it has to go in some time."

Funso Ojo, midfielder

ON TUESDAY’S CONDITIONS…
FO: I haven’t played in conditions like that. I think the game would have probably been cancelled (in the Netherlands).

ON ROCHDALE AWAY…
FO: We always have to go for the three points and I don’t really know their team and how they play, but we are going to have a look at that so I will get to know them. We want to go for the three points.

ON TRYING TO SCORE HIS FIRST GOAL FOR THE IRON…
FO: There is always a goalkeeper who gets a last touch on to the crossbar or the post. I think if I can keep getting into the box, just keep on trying, it has to go in some time. Maybe when it does go in, I can get a habit of it. There are a lot of games to play, so let’s hope at least one goes in.

Funso Ojo

ON ADAPTING TO THE ENGLISH GAME…
FO: I think I’m still adjusting. There are certain factors that are new to me. There are some teams that can’t match up our technical play and how we play on the park, so they give us a physical test. I still have to get stronger and maybe in two or three games I will be up to the league level and the pace.

ON THE FANS PRAISING HIS PERFORMANCES…
FO: I didn’t know that, as I’m not really on social media. It is a nice thing to hear and will probably give me an extra boost for Saturday.

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