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Wootton: Every player gave everything they had

30 December 2018

Iron striker Kyle Wootton praised the team efforts to preserve the 1-0 scoreline in the victory against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old was also delighted to get on the scoresheet for the first time this season, as his goal proved to be the all-important match winner that earned Scunthorpe their first win in seven games in all competitions. 

Speaking to iFollow Iron after the game, Wootton said: “It was a 100 per cent outstanding performance. Every player gave everything they had, especially after the goal when we were defending. 

“It wasn’t the greatest of games, but we got the three points and that’s the most important thing.”

The result lifts Scunthorpe to 22nd in Sky Bet League One, moving level on points with Bradford City and two points from safety.

Talking about the importance of the win, the attacker said: “It’s a massive result. It’s been hard for everyone at the club in the past couple of weeks, but we have all worked really hard to put it right. 

“We knew our luck would turn at some point and we are all delighted to get the three points and now I hope we can take this result into the next game.” 

Wootton netted after eight minutes when a brilliant forward pass from Yasin Ben El-Mhanni picked the striker out in the penalty area. He then made no mistake with the finish from a tight angle, slotting it underneath Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal. 

Speaking about his feelings after scoring, he said: “I was absolutely delighted to score. It wasn’t one of the prettiest goals I have ever scored, the goalkeeper gave me a big hand with it, but I’ll definitely take it. We got the three points and hopefully we can get a bit of momentum going now.”

Wootton also added: “When it came to me, I thought ‘why not, let’s have a go.’ The goalkeeper has made a big mistake and it’s gone in the back of the net. Fortunately for us, it won us the game.”

After going one nil up early on, the former Iron academy player praised the defensive display from Scunthorpe throughout the game to maintain the score and earn all three points.

He stated: “I was massively impressed with the defensive display. From the minute go, everyone gave it their all, especially to preserve the scoreline when we scored. To get a goal early on like we did and not concede for the rest of the game is fantastic.”

He individually praised the performance of Jak Alnwick and his defence after a brilliant flying reaction save in the second half denied Scott Kashket a certain goal.

Wootton said: “The defence and Jak were outstanding and Jak made an unbelievable save, and it’s probably one of the best saves I have ever seen in the game.”

The forward now believes the victory will provide confidence to the squad as they look to keep the winning streak alive when travelling to Peterborough United on New Year’s Day.

The attacked added: “It’s a massive confidence boost for everyone. You know how it is in the league - it’s all nitty and gritty. We haven’t been winning games, but the victory today will give us all a lift so our confidence levels will be sky high going into the next match.”

Speaking about his thoughts going into that game against the League One high-flyers, Wootton said: “We need to go into the game like we do anything other. We know we can go out there and take something from it.

“We need to prepare for the fixture and then go on the pitch and give everything. We have a bit of momentum going now too, so hopefully we can get a good result.”

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