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Ojo: I don't care how we get the win, as long as we get it

23 December 2018

Iron midfielder Funso Ojo was disappointed with the outcome against Bradford City, but was happy to be back in the starting line-up after a month out with a hamstring injury.

The Iron fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Northern Commercial Stadium on Saturday afternoon as two first half goals from Jack Payne and Eoin Doyle secured the victory for the Bantams.  

Speaking to iFollow Iron after the game, Ojo said: “We started off well, but then we made a couple of mistakes again and we walked off the pitch feeling a little bit embarrassed.”

The result meant Bradford leapfrogged Scunthorpe in the league table on goal difference, with the Bantams’ rising to 20th and the Iron dropping to 21st, and the 27-year-old feels as though it was a difficult one to take. 

He went on to say: “It’s not tougher than any of the other losses. However, if you look at the schedule ahead of us and where we sit in table, it’s not where we want to be. 

“Bradford were below us before we played them and we wanted to keep them there, but that didn’t happen so that’s definitely a tough one to handle for us.”

Payne scored Bradford’s first goal after ten minutes when a quick counter attack found the midfielder in space down the left, before he slotted the ball past Jak Alnwick via the post. 

Doyle then doubled the home side’s advantage in the 25th minute from the penalty spot in emphatic fashion when Alnwick was adjudged to fouled George Miller in the area. 

Talking about the penalty decision, Ojo added: “I think it was a penalty. However, for us, I think there were a couple of other fouls around the pitch that we didn’t get today.”

For Ojo, the game marked his return from injury, and he was glad to be back out on the pitch for the Iron. 

He said: “It was a good feeling to be back out on the pitch. Although I would have liked to come off it knowing that I contributed to a win and now I feel like I contributed to another loss, so it’s not a good feeling in that sense.”

Assessing his own performance, the midfielder stated: “It was tough on me physically, especially when we went to three at the back in the second half. 

“I was playing more as a full-back on the left-hand side and I had to chase my man up and down the pitch, so that was hard on me because I haven’t been training many times. 

“However, overall on the ball, I was my usual self and I wish I had a goal in the first and the second halves, but they were good saves from their goalkeeper.” 

It’s a quick turnaround for the Iron now, with a fixture against Luton on Boxing Day and Ojo hopes Scunthorpe can return to winning ways.

The two sides have already faced each other this season, with the Hatters coming out 3-2 victors.

Looking ahead to the match, Ojo said: “We played a good game against them at Kenilworth Road. I hope that when we play them, we can play some decent football and just keep it tight defensively so we can keep a clean sheet 

“I don’t care how we get the win as long as we get it, so we can get back to our winning ways because we can’t keep dropping down the table like this.”

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