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Ojo: Spur us on

21 September 2017

Funso Ojo had his first experience of an English derby match, as he started Sunday’s game against Doncaster Rovers.

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22 September 2017

The 26-year-old moved to the UK this summer to join the Iron and has since attracted a lot of praise from supporters for his performances. 

The midfielder discussed the feeling of a derby day, the fans’ impact and previewed the Portsmouth game in an interview with iFollow Iron.

ON HIS FIRST ENGLISH DERBY DAY EXPERIENCE…
FO: It wasn’t what I expected, as there were quite a lot of away fans. At the end of the match, I had to ask myself whether we had just played a home or away match! There were more fans than I expected but it was nice to see as they were really loud. That helped to make it sound and feel like a home game.

ON THE FANS’ IMPACT…
FO: I feel as if the fans gave us an extra boost to keep us 1-0 up. It was a tough game with a lot of duels, balls in the air and headers. It wasn’t really the kind of football that we wanted to be playing and we needed a clean sheet. That’s where the fans came in. They gave us that extra boost to help keep it.

"It wasn’t what I expected, as there were quite a lot of away fans. At the end of the match, I had to ask myself whether we had just played a home or away match!"

Funso Ojo, midfielder

ON THE WAY THE GAME PLAYED OUT…
FO: I should have known that derby days don’t always play out how you would like them to. Straight from kick-off I realised that it was going to be one of those games. I don’t really like to play those games but if we still get three points then I’m still a happy player.

Funso Ojo

ON PORTSMOUTH…
FO: I’m sure they will try and play some good football. It’s a home game in our stadium and we need to try and play like we want to play, which is on the ground.

ON THE FANS' INFLUENCE THIS SATURDAY…
FO: If we had nearly 2,000 fans at Doncaster Rovers, then I would like to see at least double that at Glanford Park. It needs to sound like a good home crowd to spur us on.

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