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Wootton: Everyone is ready to go

22 March 2019

Striker Kyle Wootton believes the Iron can put the disappointment of last weekend behind them, as they look to return to winning ways against Rochdale on Saturday.

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The Iron travel to the Crown Oil Arena this weekend in search of their first win on the road in four matches, but the 22-year-old has hailed the mood within the United camp and insists everybody is in high spirits ahead of the weekend. 

Wootton previewed the clash at Rochdale, but firstly spoke to Scunthorpe-United.co.uk reflecting back on the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth last time out.

He said: “It was a really frustrating game. The first 10 or 15 minutes, we looked really bright and started well. 

“The weather played a massive part in the match, which didn’t help either team, but in the first half, I thought we managed the game pretty well overall.  

“Then, when we came out for the second half, that’s when their quality started to show. They are a good side who are high up in the table, but it was a tough result to take. 

“It was two mistakes that led to the goals; however, we’ve watched it back and we know how to put them right.”

He went on to say: “Portsmouth are a decent team, but we had good spells of play with the ball.  

“We’ve all worked hard in training this week, so we are all ready to go again on Saturday.”

This weekend will be the Iron’s second consecutive game away from home and talking about the challenges faced of playing two matches on the trot away from Glanford Park, Wootton said: "It isn’t easy, especially when you have a trip all the way down south to Portsmouth, but there are no excuses because everybody has to do it. 

“We’ve done everything right this week in terms of preparation and we’ve just got to look ahead to Saturday.”

The Iron’s next opponents are Rochdale, who currently sit 23rd in the league table, and Wootton knows just how important the game will be. 

The striker stated: “It’ll be a massive game. The lads all know how much of a big match it is, but we have prepared right. 

“There has been a game in midweek for the boys that didn’t play last weekend, so everyone is ready to go. 

“Rochdale themselves have been on a bit of a run in the past month, but we know in this league, anyone can beat anyone, so we’ve just got to go out there and go all out to bring the three points home.”

Dale are unbeaten in their last two matches, winning one and drawing the other, and Wootton expects another tough game on Saturday. 

He added: “They’ve picked up over the last month so it should be a good game. Both teams will be fighting for the three points and hopefully we can get them.

“They are usually quite a big side, but we’ve got quality in our team and it’s down to us away from home to get the result.” 

Reflecting on the 3-3 draw at Glanford Park back in September, Wootton said: “I remember it was a bit of a crazy game, which the scoreline showed. 

“However, we’ve got to look ahead to the game on Saturday and keep up what we’ve been doing in training this week.”


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