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McCall reflects on three points at Walsall

12 January 2019

Manager Stuart McCall was delighted to make it four wins a row after the Iron’s 2-1 away victory at Walsall on Saturday.

Midfielder Funso Ojo opened the scoring at the Banks’s Stadium after a beautiful corner from Tony McMahon, before Lee Novak dinked the ball home to win the game in the second-half.

After the match, McCall gave his post-match thoughts to iFollow Iron.

“Today we won with two bits of quality,” said McCall. 

“We worked on the set-piece yesterday and when it comes to a Saturday, it has to be executed. McMahon's ball to Funso is perfect and it is a free hit from the edge of the box. It is pleasing when things like that work. 

“I was a bit disappointed that we let them back into the game and gave them the momentum. Ten minutes after that, it looked as though they were the team in the ascendancy, but we then scored a fantastic goal. It was really good play – (George) Thomas gets in a nice pocket and it is a lovely throughball to Novs and his finish is fantastic. Two bits of quality have won us the game today.”

The Iron held on to their one-goal advantage in the final stages of the game and limited Walsall’s chances.

McCall said: “After our goal and for the remaining 20 minutes, I don’t think they had a shot on goal.

“We also managed the game really well for all the balls they put into the box. They always carry threats and they are a decent side going forward. For us to come away and get another three points, it was pleasing.

“I know we can be better, but that is us setting standards. 

“We deserved the win, but overall we can do better in certain things. 

“I’m delighted with the win, but that’s thanks to two really good goals.”

Ojo netted his first goal of the season in the first-half of the match and McCall was pleased that he scored.

“He has a decent strike in him,” said McCall. “I said to him that I am trying to get him a goal and we have worked on things over the last few months and they haven’t quite come off. It was a nice floated pass to him and a good hit.”

Iron brought defender Byron Webster on in the second-half to help with the defence and McCall is particularly pleased with the strength in depth he has available to him. 

McCall said: “We’ve got a strong bench now. They are all desperate to play and get on and play. You have got to keep your standards up. 

“At this moment in time, we are not making individual errors that are giving teams the opportunities. 

“We are looking a different side. As each game goes by, the momentum, belief and confidence naturally grows, but we have got to push on and hopefully keep moving up the table.”

Matthew Lund also returned to the United squad today and was brought on in the second period for James Perch.

On his return, McCall said: “He is desperate to be involved. Since a couple of injections and a little rest, it (his knee) seems to have settled it down. 

“He is that type of the lad that will give everything for the cause. It was good to have him back in there.”

Finally, McCall was extremely pleased that the travelling 441 Iron fans had something to cheer about, after his side continued their winning run. 

“It is nice to send them home happy because they have had a difficult season," he said.

“They are getting rewarded and the players respect the fans.”

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