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Eastwood: A great way to reward the brilliant support

18 November 2019

Following a convincing away win at The Breyer Group Stadium, Jake Eastwood reflected on a solid afternoon’s work for the team and individually, when he spoke to iFollow Iron after defeating Leyton Orient.

The 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon marked the team's first away league win since January, a record that the Iron will be happy to put to bed.

Shot-stopper Eastwood was happy to secure the three points, which – despite the score-line – the team were made to work hard for. He said: “It was all positive today, I know the club’s not had a great away record recently, we haven’t won (on the road) in a while.

“More importantly, it’s a clean sheet. I think I said last week if we start keeping clean sheets we’ll start moving up the table, and picking up points, which is exactly what we did today.”

Despite the unwanted away record heading into the fixture, Eastwood implied the Iron’s focus was on the task in hand.

“Whilst it is important (getting the first away win), I also say when you get out on the pitch on a matchday, you don’t start thinking about what your away record’s been like," he said.

“The gaffer said in the changing room he’s happy that the press won’t be asking him about his away record every week!”

From front to back, the Iron were the better team on the day, and there’s no surprise that they could’ve added to their tally, had they been a little more fortunate. Eastwood stated: “All the lads did well, everyone put in a shift.

“Nov’s (Lee Novak) up top battling all game took his chance, I know we could’ve had a couple more but I don’t think they were a bad team. Orient defended well. Abo Eisa could’ve grabbed one but it was a great block.”

The Iron ‘keeper made some crucial saves when the hosts were still in the game, and from a personal perspective, Eastwood was content with the clean sheet on his travels.

He said: “Obviously I’m happy, the clean sheet is the main thing. In an ideal world, if I had nothing to do for 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet I’d be happy! But whatever happens, you’ve got to deal with it.”

The Iron’s next match is against Port Vale at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off), and the Sheffield United loanee is looking for something similar heading into that one. He asserted: “It’s got to be the same again really.

“The lads will put in the work, and hopefully we’ll see the result of that on the pitch. We’ll be looking for another clean sheet, and after this performance we know how to do that.

“A good win makes for good spirits in the changing room, and the long drive back. We’ll be positive going into next week.”

612 Iron fans made that long trip down to Leyton to see United win, and Eastwood assures the players are buzzing to send the travelling contingent home happy.

“We brought a great following today with 600-odd fans, it’s brilliant support.” Eastwood said. “They stayed with us right ‘til the end, it’s a long way to come all the way down to London, but the fans were really good today.”

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