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Burgess: I'm just pleased for the team

3 January 2019

Iron defender Cameron Burgess was delighted with the team performance in the 2-0 win over high-flying Peterborough United on New Year’s Day and insists Scunthorpe were worthy winners at the Abax Stadium.

The result lifts the Iron up to 21st in the Sky Bet League One table and level on points with both Bradford City and Bristol Rovers - who sit just above the relegation zone on goal difference. 

Lee Novak hit a brace, as he scored a goal in each half to secure the win. Burgess spoke to iFollow Iron after the match and said: “It was a great team performance. 

“Everyone did each side of their own game well, we worked hard as a team and I think we showed that out there. The fans have seen a good, solid away display too. We were working hard, shouting for each other and doing things right on the pitch and it was good to see.”

The win against the Posh made it two in a row for the Iron and their first back-to-back victories in the league since October.

Speaking about the importance of the games against both Wycombe and Peterborough, the 23-year-old said: “They are massive results. You build on each game every week, and to get two wins in a row after the run we have been on recently is really big for us. 

“We have shown we can do it now, so there are no excuses. We go again and try to string a few more results together.” 

Not only did Scunthorpe earn two successive wins after victory on New Year’s Day, but they also kept another clean sheet, after 18 matches without in all competitions before the Wycombe encounter and the centre-back was incredibly pleased with the defensive display out on the pitch again.  

As a defender, he went on to say: “Personally, it’s massive. That’s what we go out there to do. 

“We can make mistakes and do things wrong at times, but to come off the pitch with a clean sheet is brilliant because at the end of the day that is our job as defenders at the back. We’ve not been up to scratch on those this season, however hopefully now, we can start to change that.”

The result against Peterborough has provided the Iron with another lift and Burgess has praised the team spirit in the dressing room by saying: “The morale has been good. We know it’s within the squad and it has been the whole time. 

“Training has been decent every single day and the attitude is brilliant every day too, so nothing changes at all. We’ve got to believe in ourselves and we’ve showed that the past two games.” 

Burgess himself has been back in the starting eleven the past two matches, following suspension after he was sent off for two bookable offences in the loss to Bradford City. Speaking about being back in the squad, he added: “I’m just pleased for the team. We’ve got a win we deserve because we played well from start to finish. On a personal level, any clean sheet is satisfying for me." 

The Iron have the chance to make it three wins in row in the league for the first time this season when Coventry City travel to Glanford Park on Saturday and the 23-year-old is hoping for a repeat performance once again.

Reflecting back on the 2-1 victory against the Sky Blues’ on the opening day of the campaign back in August, he said: “It feels like a long time ago now. They were a fast and flowing team, it was a nice pitch to play on, so we have to go out there on Saturday and impose our game onto them so we can show what we can do.”

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