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Clayton Lewis ready to push on after earning first start

1 November 2017

New Zealand footballer Clayton Lewis played his first game for the Iron after signing in September and was delighted to get on the scoresheet.

He played the full 90 minutes, but knows he has to keep on pushing to keep his place in the team. 

After the 1-1 draw with Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy, he gave his reaction to iFollow Iron

ON THE MATCH… 

CL: It was quite hard. Both sides made some changes and I was lucky enough to get out there and make my debut. I was quite pleased with that, but it was hard not winning the game and then losing on penalties is never good. Overall, we can use this result and take it forward into the FA Cup. 

ON HIS DEBUT GOAL… 

CL: I was delighted to score. I was played in by Paddy (Madden) and then went through one-on-one. There was only one place you can and hopefully that was the back of the net and it was today. I was pretty happy. 

ON STARTING HIS FIRST GAME… 

CL: Hopefully I can start playing a little bit more now. It’s going to be tough, as everyone is pushing for places and the boys here are really competitive. It’s going to be hard for me to get into the team, but I’m going to keep pushing and hopefully get in there soon. 

DEBUT GOAL: Clayton Lewis celebrates a goal on his debut to make the score 1-1 at Doncaster Rovers.

ON PLAYING THE FULL 90 MINUTES AND BREAKING INTO THE TEAM… 

CL: I’m feeling a little bit tired, but we have got a good bunch of staff here that will help me recover and get me ready for Saturday, so I can play again. There’s still a few things I need to work on, like getting the all-round gameplay that we want to play, getting my fitness up and my match fitness that I obviously need. If I can keep scoring, then hopefully that puts a positive thought in the gaffer’s mind. 

ON HIS PREFERRED POSITION… 

CL: Growing up I’ve always played in the number ten role, but over the last couple of seasons at Auckland City I’ve been out wide. I quite like it out on the right because I can cut in and show what I can do. I’m quite happy and can play in either of those positions. 

ON THE DIFFERENCE IN FOOTBALL COMAPRED TO NEW ZEALAND… 

CL: Going from defence to attack is a lot faster. I’m going to have to adapt to that quite quickly. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds here at Scunthorpe. 

ON POTENTIALLY PLAYING IN THE FA CUP ON SATURDAY… 

CL: It’s going to be huge. You always grow up watching these games and all the big teams, and you never know who you are going to get in the next round. We’re going to push to get that result and hopefully get as far as we can.


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