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TONEY DELIGHTED TO GET THAT FIRST GOAL

30 January 2017

On-loan striker Ivan Toney was thrilled to score his first goal for the club at the weekend.

His second-half finish helped United on their way to an important 3-2 victory over Port Vale - a result which fired the Iron back to the top of League One.

The visitors took the lead in the first half through Tyler Walker, after Luke Daniels’ initial save. Josh Morris then equalised from the spot soon after the break, when Craig Davies was tripped by Remie Streete, but Vale bounced back to take the lead once more through JJ Hooper.

United then showed great team spirit to level things again, this time through Toney, before Tom Hopper finished off a great team goal to complete the turnaround.

“I was delighted to be out there playing,” Toney told The Iron PlayerHD.

“The atmosphere was great, especially when we were 1-0 down. The fans kept behind us, and kept us going.

“Coming back and winning the game was a fantastic start to my Scunthorpe career.”

The Valiants frustrated the home side during the first half, but Toney believes that was down to the Iron failing to perform rather than Vale’s game plan.

“It was always going to be a tough game. In all fairness we weren’t at 100% and that gave them the opportunity to play the way they did," he said.

“Goals win you games, and to come out of the traps and get the goal we deserved early on (in the second half) helped.”

The striker only made a brief appearance in the 2-1 victory at Northampton two weeks prior, so was delighted to score his first goal for the club so soon into his loan spell from Newcastle United.

He seized on a loose ball to lob the goalkeeper on the half volley.

“You’ve got to take your chance and anticipate where the goalkeeper is going to be," he said.

“I’ve seen the keeper off his line and I thought the only opportunity was to put it over him, and I’m happy to have done that.

“That first goal is the hardest goal to get, and now that’s out of the way who knows how many I can get.”

Toney was also pleased that the Iron were able to keep their incredible home unbeaten record going, and hopes the team can maintain it for many games to come yet.

He said: “It means a lot. It’s over a year since we last lost here and we’ve just got to keep that going - whoever knows how long that may be.”

The team travel to Southend on Saturday to face a side who also have promotion aspirations, but the players know the difficult test that awaits them.

“We go into that game with the same attitude, and concentrate on ourselves really," he said.

“We will play our game, and hopefully that will do the job, as it has done today.”

See much more from Ivan Toney and Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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