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Novak looking to bounce back this week

20 August 2018

Following the Iron’s defeat at the Stadium of Light to Sunderland on Sunday, striker Lee Novak is only looking at the positives from the game and how that will help going into the two home fixtures this week against Fleetwood Town and Barnsley.

Speaking about the match to iFollow Iron, he said: “It’s very disappointing. It’s not nice being 3-0 down going into half-time. We set up a game plan and we didn’t execute it the way the manager wanted it.

“We thought we could come here and hurt them in places. During the first half we didn’t really do that, we maybe did it a couple of times but not really to affect them enough.”

He added about the performance: “However, when we did get in their faces and pressed to take the ball off them high up the pitch, we did look dangerous.”

A much stronger second half display by United showed some encouraging signs for the team and Novak agreed, saying: “We passed well at times and were able to create chances. 

“The substitutes came on and gave us a lift but that’s not to say the lads that started the game were doing anything wrong, it’s just the fresh legs gave us a little more of a push going forward. Again, maybe on a different day, we could have sneaked a couple of goals.”

Over 1,300 Iron supporters made the journey up to Sunderland and the striker was pleased that they came out in force to support the team.

“The support has been brilliant, and it has been from the minute I stepped into the club,” he said. “To travel all way up here on a Sunday is magnificent, especially when they have to spend their hard-earned money.

“We haven’t put a performance on that they deserved so we can only apologise for that. On another day, we want to eradicate that and do things differently.”

Following defeat against the Black Cats, Scunthorpe will be looking to bounce back at Glanford Park and put on a show for the fans in the two consecutive home matches.

Looking ahead to the fixtures, Novak said: “Fleetwood will be another tough game on Wednesday and Barnsley will be the same on Saturday as well. 

“We’ll have to dissect what went wrong on Sunday and move on, so we can hurt the teams we play next week and see what results we can get.”

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