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Novak: Late winner gives us all a lift

2 January 2018

Lee Novak started for the first time since returning from injury and the striker was delighted the Iron managed to record a 1-0 victory late on against Bury.

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2 January 2018

The 29-year-old, who picked up an ankle injury in United’s away win at Bradford in November, was also happy he got the full 90 minutes under his belt.

He spoke to iFollow Iron about his return, the victory and the belief in the side to keep going and score a late winner.

ON THE 1-0 VICTORY…
LN: We’ve grinded out the result and all that matters in the end is the win and we’ve got that. Obviously, we would like the performance to be a little bit better, but at the end of the day it’s all about the three points.

ON THE LATE WINNER…
LN: To get that late winner and the three points has given everyone a lift. The lads are buzzing to get that win.

ON BURY…
LN: They came here with a game plan and I thought they did it well. You can’t really say that their position is false – they are there because they are, but I thought they were brilliant on the day and set up really well.

"To get that late winner and the three points has given everyone a lift. The lads are buzzing to get that win."

Lee Novak, striker

ON GRINDING OUT A 1-0 WIN…
LN: It shows the belief we have got in the group and that we kept going until the last minute. We spoke about it at half-time, that it might take until the 92nd minute, but it has come a little bit earlier. We dug in, we hung on and we got the win in the end.

ON RETURNING TO THE STARTING LINE-UP FOLLOWING HIS INJURY…
LN: I’m tired, but I haven’t trained that much, to be honest. To be back out there was brilliant, and for the gaffer to put me back in was quality.

ON THE WEEKEND BREAK…
LN: We have had a lot of injures recently, so to get them back will be brilliant and to get them out of the treatment room. To have that rest as well will be brilliant. I want to be playing as much as I can, but you can’t help the fixtures. I’m sure we will work hard over the next ten days at what we need to do for the next game.

ON PORTSMOUTH AWAY ON JANUARY 13TH…
LN: They’re doing well. They have been on a good run as well. Being away from home, at a big stadium with a big crowd, it is going to be a tough game.

ON THE SAD PASSING OF LIFELONG IRON SUPPORTER ANGELA PARKER…
LN: It was sad because we only saw her last week. She was here every day, speaking to the lads. We have dedicated that win to her today.


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