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Ojo anticipating dynamic Doncaster derby

22 February 2019

Belgian midfielder Funso Ojo is feeling ready and raring to go this weekend, as the Iron host local rivals Doncaster at Glanford Park on Saturday lunchtime (1pm kick-off).

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Last time out, the Iron fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Gillingham. However, with a good home record of late, Scunthorpe will be hopeful they can return to winning ways with victory in the derby this weekend. 

Speaking ahead of the Doncaster clash, Ojo spoke to iFollow Iron, but firstly reflected back on last Saturday’s encounter with Gillingham.

He said: “There weren’t too many positives. We lacked energy, so we just need to be more dynamic going into the derby against Doncaster this weekend.”

However, looking ahead to the Doncaster game, Ojo is feeling confident his side can bounce back in style in front of the home faithful, as the Iron look to make it five games unbeaten at Glanford Park with a victory.

Speaking about the importance of the recent home form, the midfielder added: “We need to keep doing what we have been doing over the last couple of weeks at home. We have had some good support from the fans too, so that always helps. 

“I’ve just heard we are expecting a big crowd this weekend, so that will definitely bring some energy to the team, and I hope they are going to chant for us and support us in a good way.” 

The 27-year-old is also excited at the prospect of featuring in a derby where the bragging rights are at stake. 

Ojo stated: “I do relish these sorts of games. However, I see this derby as more of a friendly one, where we meet up twice a year and get a bit riled up, but it’s not too hostile.

“I’m expecting loud support. I hope the fans can bring some energy that they can then pass over to us on the pitch, so we can run faster, play well, and hopefully get the win.”

Ahead of the clash, the Iron have been in training all week, and Ojo believes preparations couldn’t have gone much better. 

He added: “We’ve been doing a lot of tactical stuff. We’ve done some 11 vs 11 matches, which is something we don’t always do too often, but we’ve done it so we can all try to improve our game.  

“We are playing against a good side, so I think it was a smart decision from the training staff. We have also made some tweaks in the way we build up and the way we press on the opposition. The energy in the squad has been good, and I feel like we have all been training well.” 

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Ojo missed the away defeat to Doncaster in December through injury, but was watching on from the stands, and he reflected back on the match saying: “I looked at it from the stands, and I saw that they (Doncaster) were a different team from last year. 

“They have most of the same players, but they have a different philosophy and try to play out from the back. They make a lot of right decisions most of the time, and they just played really well against us.”

However, this time around, the Belgian hopes his team can come away with the victory on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking of his final thoughts, he said: “We need to try to win, so we can get ourselves safe and climb up the table. 

“There is also still a small hope that we can push for the play-off spots, but being realistic we should be mid-table or higher.  

“We’ve had a fairly good few weeks compared to where we were back in November and December when we were in the relegation zone, so we will look to finish the season on a high. But, looking ahead to this weekend, we need another victory and we will try to keep the home record going.”

Supporters can buy tickets for our next home match now, with United taking on Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, February 23rd (1pm kick-off). Get your tickets from www.sufctickets.com.


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