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Jak Alnwick: It is about going again

19 February 2019

Loanee goalkeeper Jak Alnwick felt the Iron lacked a little bit of luck and that one bit of quality during their 1-0 defeat to Gillingham on Saturday.

Midfielder Mark Byrne drove home a good finish in the first-half at the Priestfield Stadium, which was out of Alnwick’s reach. 

However, the goalkeeper didn’t have much to do in the game and stated that a draw would have been a fair result. 

On the match, the 25-year-old told iFollow Iron: “They had one shot on target and one goal and their goalkeeper made a couple of decent saves. 

“It was a scrappy game and the pitch wasn’t great, but we know it is going to be like that this time of the year. We didn’t find a way to win. 

“We didn’t deserve to win the game, but didn’t deserve to lose it.” 

Despite the result, Alnwick didn’t have a lot to do in the game, but was left frustrated that United couldn’t get their game going on a bobbly pitch. 

“We couldn’t get a grasp of the game and couldn’t get the right players on the ball,” said the Rangers loanee. 

“Funso (Ojo), who obviously likes to play, couldn’t get on the ball and Kev’s (Kevin van Veen) a different player to (Lee Novak). He didn’t get the service that he needed. 

“And then in terms of them putting balls into the box, I haven’t had much to do. 

“I thought we defended pretty well, but their goal took a bobble before he hit it and he won’t strike a better one than that. Nine times out of ten that will fly over the bar. It was a good bit of quality from the lad and I think that is what we lacked. 

“Tom (Pearce) had a decent strike in the first-half that was well saved, but we needed that one bit of quality or bit of luck and we didn’t threaten enough.” 

However, Alnwick is confident the Iron can rectify things next week after already proving they can bounce back from difficult results this season. 

He said: “We went on a bad losing streak and then we bounced back with a good run ourselves. 

“We stuck together and put a lot of results together against some very good sides. 

“It is about going again and it doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we know we need to get points on the board at this stage of the season.” 

United face local rivals Doncaster Rovers at Glanford Park next Saturday and the goalkeeper is looking forward to the match. 

The Iron will be looking for revenge in the derby after losing twice to Rovers earlier in the season. 

Alnwick said: “It is brilliant to play in derby games, you look forward to them. 

“They are better to play in when it is at home, in front of our fans, who will turn out in good numbers. 

“Hopefully, after the results we’ve had against them this season, we can go and get the win. Derby or no derby, we’re going to need three points.” 

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