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Eastwood reacts to making it four clean sheets from seven

10 December 2019

Jake Eastwood was delighted to keep a fourth clean sheet in seven games when United made it five wins in a row in all competitions at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

Eastwood saved a Matty Stevens penalty early in the second-half, while the scores were 0-0, which provided a base for his side to build on as they went on to win 2-0 through spectacular strikes from Alex Gilliead and Abo Eisa.



Eastwood told iFollow Iron: “It felt good saving a penalty, and it was a good game. Clean sheets help you win games and to come down to Forest Green and get a clean sheet, and a win, is great for the lads.

“The lads have always had it but it was a case of piecing it together. We know we’re good enough to be challenging at the top end of the league, and we keep climbing. We have to keep that going.

“I thought in the first half we defended well and I didn’t have too much to do. Rory McArdle made a clearance off the line (during the opening period) and if that had gone in, the game could have been a lot different.

“In the second half again, I didn’t have too much to do until late in the game, but it’s nice to get a clean sheet.

“The changing room is buzzing, and it serves us well going into the game this week (against Colchester United at the Sands Venue Stadium).”

Eastwood has enjoyed his loan spell from Sheffield United so far, and returned to the team for the home game against Stevenage at the start of last month.

He said: “I’m enjoying being back in the net. I’m here to play football. I know it’s harsh on Rory (Watson) because I felt he did alright and he’s a good goalkeeper.

“It’s easier with the lads in front of me, who take the pressure off a lot. I didn’t have too much to do in terms of shots (on Saturday). Forest Green had a lot of the ball but the lads kept it quite quiet for me.”

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