Dutchman Kevin van Veen says the nature of Saturday’s victory over Northampton Town made it a huge three points.With the game seemingly petering out to a 1-1 draw, Josh Morris popped up with a superb long-range strike to secure the points for the visitors at Sixfields.
Reflecting on the game to The Iron PlayerHD, van Veen said: “It was very big.
“I was very happy that we scored to make it 2-1, because it was looking like we were going to get a draw.
“A win is a win, and it’s a big three points either way.
“Even if the other teams win, we still need to win our own games, but when we win and they lose, it feels a little better.”
Van Veen’s early header had set United on their way in Northamptonshire, with the striker glancing home a Stephen Dawson delivery from the right.
The 25-year-old praised his captain for the cross leading to the goal, as the two linked up for a similar strike to the one van Veen netted at Peterborough United earlier on in the campaign.
“It was a great run from Daws (Stephen Dawson),” he stated.
“Duane (Holmes) played the ball into the channel, and I just gambled on where Stephen was going to put the ball.
“I did it against Peterborough, and if you look back at this one it was from quite a distance.”
That finish took the Scunthorpe forward onto 10 for the season, and van Veen says he’s not deviated from the target he himself set back in August.
Van Veen declared: “I said at the beginning of the season that I wanted at least 20.
“I still want 20, and hopefully more. If I can add 10 more to what I have now, then that’ll probably mean that we’ll win a lot more games.”
A trip to face Charlton Athletic now looms for the Iron, as they travel to the Valley for the second time this season, having faced the Addicks in the Emirates FA Cup in November.
November’s fixture, along with a 0-0 stalemate played out at Glanford Park in September, shows to van Veen just what a strong team Saturday’s opponents are.
“They’re a really tough side,” he highlighted.
“Of course I fancy ourselves though, because we have a great squad, a great group of players and we’ll look forward to it.”
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