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HOPPER REACTS TO GILLINGHAM CLASH

13 March 2017

United striker Tom Hopper believes he and his team-mates’ performance against Gillingham warranted more than it got.

Scunthorpe were in control for large parts of the game at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, and deservedly held a 2-0 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of proceedings.

 

 

However, a hat-trick of penalties from former Iron man Josh Wright completed a late turnaround for the hosts.

 

Speaking to the Iron PlayerHD, Hopper said: “It was a tough one to take - it’s one that hurts the lads a lot.

 

“I thought we were in control of the game at 2-0, playing really good football and had them run ragged at times.

 

“For 75 minutes we’ve played well, we’ve ran all over them and dominated the game.

 

“It’s a very frustrating and disappointing day.

 

“We’ve said in there (the dressing room) that it could and probably should have been more.”

 

Hopper stated there are positives to be taken, and also lessons to be learned moving forward.

  

“We’ve got to learn from it quickly because, if we don’t, we’re in danger of throwing this great opportunity which we have away," explained Hopper.

 

“I don’t really know what to put it down to, whether it be lapses of concentration or perhaps a little bit of complacency.

 

“It’s something we can’t allow to creep in at this stage of the season or at that stage of the game."

 

The 23-year-old says the nature of the defeat was difficult to take, but insisted the team will continue to fight.

 

“When we wake up tomorrow, we’ll look back at it and look at the bigger picture, but at the moment it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” he stated.

 

See much more from Tom Hopper and Graham Alexander on the Iron PlayerHD.


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