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Gilks: I loved captaining the Iron

11 November 2017

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks believes the Iron fully deserved the three points against Bristol Rovers, when Neal Bishop scored a 94th minute winner.

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11 November 2017

For the game, Gilks was given the captain’s armband and he was delighted to have been chosen by manager Graham Alexander.

Speaking to iFollow Iron after the full-time whistle, he gave his thoughts on the game, the late winner and wearing the armband for the first time in a Scunthorpe shirt.

ON NEAL BISHOP’S LATE WINNER…
MG: When you score so late on, it limits their chance to come back into the game. Thankfully, Neal Bishop popped up and scored a header. Then we saw the game out. I think we thoroughly deserved to win the game.

ON THE FEELING OF SCORING A LATE GOAL…
MG: Their lads are down on the floor. It was almost like a cup final when we were all hugging and celebrating and they were on the floor. That’s what it meant to us. Every game we play in we try and do our best.

"Their lads are down on the floor. It was almost like a cup final when we were all hugging and celebrating and they were on the floor."

Matt Gilks, goalkeeper

ON THE GAME…
MG: In the first-half they frustrated us, we lost our way a bit. You could hear the crowd’s frustration at half-time. In the second-half, there was only one team that was going to win the game. We had chance after chance and there was a moment when I thought it probably wasn’t going to go our way. Thankfully it did go our way.

ON BRISTOL ROVERS…
MG: There was only one team that was going to win it in the end. They tried to slow the game and we were trying to speed it up. Their gameplan worked for a while, but it was only a matter of time until we broke that deadlock.

ON WANTING TO GO ON ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET RUN…
MG: We started conceding a few sloppy goals here and there. We had such a good start with the clean sheets, so I think the last two will put us back on track.

ON WEARING THE CAPTAIN’S ARMBAND…
MG: I loved it. I never turn that down. Obviously, Rory McArdle’s away on international duty, so thankfully the manager gave me the armband. I made a mental note to myself to go out and do what I normally do. We’ve got a lot of voices on the pitch anyway, so I just wanted to play my game, despite having the armband on. I don’t really want to give it back to Rory!

ON CHARLIE GOODE AND CAMERON BURGESS…
MG: Charlie came in today and Cameron came in a few games ago, so it was a partnership that was thrown together. They coped very well and the small lad upfront made it difficult for them. I’m thoroughly pleased with Charlie to come in and get a win.

ON MURRAY WALLACE PLAYING AT LEFT-BACK…
MG: He’s an unbelievable pro. He gives 100 per cent everyday and I’m so pleased for him, especially because he has a lot more running around to do than at centre half. He is coping fine.

ON THE TWO UPCOMING NORTHAMPTON GAMES…
MG: We’ve learnt a lot from them. It feels strange playing them so quick and then away again on Saturday. It’s another game we want to win and want to be in the next round (of the FA Cup).

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