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Novak: It's a massive game this weekend

22 March 2019

Striker Lee Novak has labelled the Iron’s match against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday as “massive”.

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Just three points separate 12th and 21st in Sky Bet League One, with Scunthorpe placed in 17th position following last weekend’s defeat at Portsmouth.

However, Novak is expecting another tough away encounter against Rochdale, who are in the relegation zone.

The 30-year-old gave his pre-match thoughts to iFollow Iron.

“It is a massive game and we said the same against Southend,” said Novak.

“We dominated that match and for some reason against Portsmouth we didn’t get our foot in the game. 

“There is no hiding away from the fact it is a huge match on Saturday.”

He continued: “We want to win and we need a win. 

“It is really tight down there, as there are 12 teams in the relegation battle.

“We have got to go there, play our own game and hopefully that is enough.”

United are one of the 12 teams that are tightly positioned in the table, but Novak says training this week has been positive.

He said: “It has been bright. It always is whether we win, lose or draw. 

“The lads always come in on a Monday with a smile on their face and that is the way the gaffer (Stuart McCall) wants it, so it has been a good week.”

Last time against Rochdale, the Iron let go of a 3-1 lead at Glanford Park when the visitors came back to draw the game 3-3. 

Novak is expecting another difficult contest against Dale this time around.

Novak said: “They are always tough to play against and I am sure Saturday will be no different. 

“They are fighting for their lives and we are to an extent as well. 

“We want to pull away and get safe as quickly as we can. 

“I am confident as long as we play the way we can, we will get the three points.”

Recently, Novak has battled through with a broken hand and has found it hard to play his usual game, but he remains confident as ever.

“It has been difficult since I have broken my hand,” said the striker. 

“The way I play is by grappling and grabbing people, so it has been difficult. 

“I have had to get on with it and I want to pick up a bit more form like I had earlier on in the season.”

He added: “I am confident going into every game and that is no different for Saturday.”


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