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Lewis: Let's get over the line

26 April 2019

New Zealand international and Iron midfielder Clayton Lewis is hoping he can help the team get over the line and avoid relegation in the remaining two games of the season.

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26 April 2019

The 22-year-old made his first league start of the campaign in United's defeat to Charlton Athletic on Easter Monday. Despite the result, he was pleased to be able to show what he can do out on the pitch. 

Lewis is hoping to kick on and cement his place in the starting eleven, as he looks to use the last couple of games from this season to help him improve further during the next campaign.

The midfielder spoke to iFollow Iron previewing Saturday's game against Bradford, but firstly spoke about Charlton and the feeling of making his first league start since November 2017.

Reflecting back on the defeat to Charlton, Lewis said: "We had a lot more chances than we have done in the last couple of weeks, and usually we would take those, so it’s just unfortunate.

"However, there are still positives to take from the game and now we go into a massive fixture against Bradford on Saturday looking for three points, but it's a match we are all looking forward to."

Speaking about getting the opportunity to showcase his ability in the centre of midfield in caretaker manager Andy Dawson's side, the New Zealander added: "It was good to start a game.

"It's been a long time coming, I've been waiting for my opportunity and even though the result didn't go our way, we can take positives from it. 

"I was glad to start and hopefully I can add to what the team has already got and I hope it can help us get over the line to keep us in the division for next season."

Lewis also went on to assess he own performance. He said: "For me, it's not really about myself at the moment, we're not safe, so it's about the team and if I can add anything to help them out, then I'm willing to do so. 

"I want to put my best performances in and show not only the fans and the club what I'm about, but myself too.

"I want to show that I do deserve to play, but overall, it's about the team and we're all focused on Saturday."

The midfielder joined the Iron in 2017 from Auckland City FC in his native country of New Zealand, and says this campaign has been a stepping stone for him personally.

The 22-year-old has made regular appearances from the bench this season, and added he has not only grown in confidence, but has also improved over the course of the year. 

He said: "This season has been a big plus for me. Making a few more minutes has been good.

"It’s good to get a gaffer who has given me a little bit more time. He has praised me in training which has given me more confidence and hopefully I can start to push on from now, play the last two games and look ahead to next season."

The Iron play already relegated Bradford City at Glanford Park on Saturday. After slipping to 22nd in the league table following the Easter weekend fixtures, Lewis knows just how important this game will be.

He stated: "It's going to be a massive game. We need the fans to get right behind us, we're in a sticky situation, so we need everyone to come together.

"On the pitch, we are going to battle as hard as we can because nobody wants to go down. Our main objective is to try and get the three points we need and hopefully the results take care of themselves."

The midfielder says United have prepared themselves well ahead of the match and is looking forward to a big game.

He added: "We've worked on a lot of things we thought we needed to improve on and we've done what we need to do in preparation for Bradford. 

“It's a huge game and we just need to get over the line. We've got to show a lot of passion and determination.

"Everyone has to stick together, if one person makes a mistake, then we have to help each other out. 

“We've got to all get behind the ball, press as a team and do everything in our power to get the win. I'm feeling positive and I'm looking forward to the game."

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