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Novak: A great way to build on last week

14 October 2019

Lee Novak grabbed a brace in the Iron’s 3-0 convincing win over Northampton Town on Saturday.

The experienced striker has recently re-joined the match-day squad after being out of action due to an ankle injury, but hasn't wasted any time getting back amongst the goals.

Speaking to iFollow Iron post-match, he said: “Obviously it’s a great win, and it’s great to get back to winning ways with the three points.

“The second half performance wasn’t as good as the first, but at the end of the day we’ve got to take the positives.”

After a frustrating period watching on from the sidelines, Novak is ready to score goals again.

The forward said: “It was a long six-to-seven weeks out watching the lads. The gaffer put me – near enough – straight back into the team after the injury, which was a massive boost for me.”

The Newcastle-born frontman can consider himself unfortunate not to grab a hat-trick, but was still happy with the two.

“The first one was a great ball from Ryan (Ryan Colclough), and as soon as I saw the ‘keeper coming I made my mind up that I’ll dink it over him," he said.

“The second one was a good ball from Gilly (Alex Gilliead) to Kev (van Veen), who made a great run and was unlucky not to score. I just took a gamble that he (the goalkeeper) was going to spill it, and lucky for me he did and I was there to put it in.”

The 3-0 win followed on from a solid point away at Plymouth Argyle the previous Saturday, and Novak and his team knew the importance of following that up with a win against the Cobblers.

He said: “It was huge, but every game’s huge. We need to get three points to start moving up that table, that’s what we want to do. Hopefully we can start putting more wins together and move in the right direction.

“To get the three points today and build on last week, was massive for us.”

The Iron have made a habit of scoring early in recent games, and the forward knows it’s important to start matches on the front foot.

Novak said: “If you can score straight away it’s a massive boost. Maybe it even changes the other team’s game-plan a little bit, and if that’s what we can do every week, then I’ll certainly take that.

Heading into this weekend, United face another long away trip, this time to Newport County, and Novak is adamant the Iron won’t be taking the threat they pose for granted.

He said: “It’s a very tough place to go, I’ve never played there personally but from what the lads who have played there have said, it’s going to be a difficult game.

“I know their manager well (Michael Flynn), and I know the way he’ll be wanting his team to play, so it’s going to be a very hard place to go.”

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