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McCall: We can be better but happy with the three points

9 February 2019

Manager Stuart McCall was happy with the three points but felt his side could have been better, as they won 2-0 at home to Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The Iron made it six wins in eight games to remain unbeaten at home since late 2018.

Kyle Wootton netted his second of the season early in the first half, before Kevin van Veen then scored his first goal for the club since returning in January.

McCall told iFollow Iron: “In the game, I thought we were average. I say many times there are different ways to win games, and today we did it with two brilliant bits of skill to get us in the right areas and two great finishes by Kyle and Kev.

“I just felt we could have been better in possession at times, but we’ll analyse it again and look to be better for next week. I thought we were sloppy in certain things but then again we had some decent moves and could have had a couple more goals. Likewise, though we got a clean sheet, they had a couple of opportunities and could have scored as well.

“You can never be too unhappy with a victory, but we’ve trained really well this week and I thought we were going to play really well today. Sometimes it doesn’t go hand-in-hand. We weren’t rotten and a month ago we’d have been doing cartwheels (about this victory). A win’s a win obviously, and we are still delighted with that, but we’ve set standards - we need to be better and can be better.”

McCall was delighted to see Wootton, returning from injury, open the scoring with his second of the season.

Meanwhile, van Veen got on the scoresheet after replacing Lee Novak late on in the opening half, whose injury McCall spoke about afterwards.

He added: “You can see the confidence in training now and Kyle’s turning into a really good player, but he can’t forget what got him there - that’s hard work and strength first and foremost. His goal was a great strike.

“Kev is Kev. He does that in training every day and it’s a great finish. I’m delighted for him, and I’m delighted with the team. They were two great goals.

“With 15 minutes to go last week at Barnsley, we’d made all three substitutions and Novs felt his hamstring was slightly tight. He hasn’t trained until Friday and at one point was actually ruled out of the game but Michael (McBride, head of medical services) got into him on Thursday and it’s more a back/sciatica issue. He slipped in the game and he just felt something - it might even be a nerve. We won’t take any chances and will let him get fully fit.”

On the pre-match preparations, he added: “It was difficult because I always like to go through the team on a Friday, name it, do set-pieces and a bit of shape. We couldn’t do that yesterday because Rory (McArdle) had an illness and was touch and go, while we wanted to see how Novs reacted to training yesterday. We played a different shape today and you look at different things. There were probably a couple of lads who were unfortunate not to start today, and also two who have trained really well all week, and played well in the behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday, that couldn’t get in the 18.”

Talking about Matthew Lund, he continued: “We’ll look at Lundy again, as he still has a niggly problem with his knee. We’ll assess it over the next few days and see where he is with that.”

With over 1,000 kids from local teams in the AMS Stand for Grassroots Day, McCall was pleased they went home happy after seeing a victory.

He concluded: “Hopefully they’ll all come back now. It was good to have both ends of Scunthorpe fans and hopefully the kids will be going home talking about two really good goals they’ve seen at that end.

“All in all, we’re happy with the three points but can do better, and hopefully will do better. We’re pleased we’re moving in the right way up the table.”

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