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Ward off the mark

30 September 2019

New Iron signing Jamie Ward scored on his debut in a hard-fought 1-1 draw with high-flying Bradford City on Saturday.

United found themselves down to ten men for the majority of the 90 minutes, but managed to secure a point despite the one man deficit.

Scunthorpe's goalscorer on the day, Ward, spoke to iFollow Iron shortly after the match, reaffirming the task his side faced, given the circumstances.

The forward said: “Going down to ten men, it was always going to be tough. We’ve done well to come out with a point in the end, and hopefully we can build on that next week.”

Despite the quick turnaround since signing, Ward ensured he was prepared, saying: “I always knew it was going to be a case of signing for the club and the debut coming soon after. It was just nice to be out on the pitch, playing football again, and having a battle.”

After a decent start to the season for the Bantams, Ward knew the West Yorkshire side would prove to be difficult opponents for the Iron, and the Northern Ireland international stated: “Bradford are going to be up there come the end of the season, there’s no doubt about that, so we’ve got to take a lot of credit from getting the point.

“We showed a lot of belief, and that we’re capable of battling for a result when we’re down to ten men.”

Having only signed for the Iron on 25th September, Ward has already seen enough to know his side can dig deep when it matters.

He said: “We can’t fault the character shown, I’ve not been here in recent weeks, but today you just can’t fault the lads. Hopefully we can dig in again and show that next week.”

Getting off to the perfect start with the Iron, grabbing his goal early on in the game, Ward is aware of the importance of starting well at a new club.

The 33-year-old expressed: “It’s really nice, sometimes it (getting off the mark) can be a thing that hangs over your head, so grabbing my first goal in the first game is nice.”

The next league match sees the Iron travel to Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, and Ward is looking for another positive result heading into that one.

He said: “First of all, the absolute minimum you take is a point, but obviously the main aim is to take all three. We’ll see how they set up, and what our game plan is, and take it from there.”

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