Jordan Hallam was pleased to score his first Scunthorpe United goal on his EFL and club debut against Rochdale on Saturday.
The Iron lost the match 3-1 at the Crown Oil Arena, with Hallam grabbing an equalising goal in the 16th minute.
The 20-year-old pounced on a loose ball and calmly finished his shot in the bottom left corner.
On his debut and goal, Hallam told iFollow Iron: “I am really pleased and it is a proud moment for myself and my family.
“Getting goals and assists is what I pride myself on.
“At the end of the day, it is irrelevant if we’re not getting the three points though.
“I felt fine and it was a quicker tempo than what I have been used to, but I thought I got through it well. I should have scored to put us 2-1 up.”
Hallam admitted that the side found it difficult in the second-half when the home team went 3-1 ahead.
“I thought we started really well and then we conceded a goal, which put us on the back foot,” said the forward.
“We responded well and then should have went in front, which would have changed the perspective of the game.
“In the second-half, we didn’t really get started and before we knew it, we were behind and it was always an uphill task from there.
“We changed our shape and went with three up top. Hammy (Adam Hammill) put a couple of good balls in, but apart from that we didn’t really create anything.”
The Iron have lost four of their last five games and sit 18th in Sky Bet League One with seven games left of the season.
AFC Wimbledon, who are placed 23rd, visit Glanford Park next weekend.
Hallam said: “We have got to stick together, keep going and keep grinding away.
“Hopefully it will turn.”
However, the forward said that he has settled in well at Glanford Park, using the behind-closed-doors games as a chance to impress.
Hallam was rewarded for his efforts in those games to warrant his selection in the starting line-up against Rochdale.
On those matches, Hallam said: “They have really benefitted me because we have had one every other week.
“I was in the Under-23s at Sheffield United, playing every week and if I came here and didn’t play in those games, it would have be difficult. They have been good for me.
“I have settled in really well and all the lads have welcomed me in. I think I have got more confident as time has gone on.”
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