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Kyle Wootton: Nice to score in a big game for the fans

25 February 2019

Iron striker Kyle Wootton was delighted to be on the scoresheet once again, as he notched the equalising goal to earn United a point in their 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers on Saturday lunchtime.

The striker also praised the team performance during the game, and was impressed with the fighting spirit shown to bounce back following defeat to Gillingham last time out. 

His goal also ensured the Iron continued their fantastic run of form at home, as they made it five matches unbeaten at Glanford Park. 

Speaking to iFollow Iron after the game Wootton said: “As we knew before the game, they (Doncaster) are a good side, and they have been playing well throughout this season. 

“In the first half, I thought they were the better side, but we dug in and we managed keep it to just 1-0 at the break. 

“Then, in the second half, we came out on top and caused them a lot of problems. Looking back, we could have nearly knicked it right at the end as well. 

“Overall I was pleased with the performance the of the squad. It was good because last weekend was a poor game for us, and we wanted to put it right in a big derby like this. 

“We worked hard in training and prepared things in the right way, so I thought we did well. In the second half, we came out of the blocks quickly, and they couldn’t deal with us.” 

“At the end of the day, it’s a good result and we will take a point. Now, we just have to look forward and move onto the next game.” 

Malik Wilks’ goal in the first half opened the scoring for the visitors, but the Iron hit back in the second period through Wootton, who netted his third goal of the season in the 69th minute to secure the draw. 

The 22-year-old was over the moon with the finish and added: “It my first ever goal in a derby game, so it was happy days. I could’ve maybe had another one as well! 

“However, I’m really happy to be on the scoresheet. We worked a lot on that move in training and it’s always nice when it comes off.” 

When describing the strike, he went on to say: “The ball came to Macca (Tony McMahon) nicely. He’s got a good delivery as everybody knows, he whipped the ball in and I saw it coming, so I got across my man, and got the header in. It was a pretty decent one too!” 

“It was also brilliant to celebrate my goal in front of the Doncaster fans. That’s my first derby goal. It’s always nice to score in a big game like this for the fans and I just hope there’s more to come this season.” 

The striker was pleased with his own performance in the game, despite playing in a rather unconventional role as a winger. 

He said: “I thought I did well. Again, it’s something we worked on during the week. We tried to get the ball to me as an outlet, and in the second half especially, it worked well. They didn’t know what to do and they didn’t know how to deal with it. 

“The manager told me to do a job out there and that’s what I wanted to do. I’ve played out wide in that position plenty of times before, so I don’t mind playing there, as long as I’m in the team.” 

Looking ahead to next week, Wootton hopes the Iron can continue to build on their momentum when they travel to Oxford on Saturday. 

The 22-year-old stated: “We’ve just got to keep building on the results. Anything can happen in football.

“We’ve got to keep looking forward and take each game step-by-step to try and pick up as many points as possible to get back up the table.”

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