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Wilcox: Outstanding in terms of attitude and application

14 January 2020

Under-23s manager Russ Wilcox was pleased to see his side recover from going behind to win 3-1 at Peterborough United in the Central League Cup group stages on Tuesday afternoon.

The Posh went ahead through an early goal from Sikiri Dembele, but the Iron hit back to emerge victorious following goals from George Miller, first year scholar Harry Baker and Ryan Colclough.

Wilcox said: “(For the first goal) Ryan Colclough won the ball and passed to George with a little backheel, and it was a good early finish from George.

“For the second goal, we got a little bit of good fortune, but to be fair to Harry Baker, he pushed right up the pitch, picked up a regain and put a great ball in with a slight deflection taking it in.

“We were really pleased for Harry, and you forget he’s a first year scholar. He stepped into our group, when we don’t get a lot of time to work on shape, defended well and also showed qualities going forward.

“The third goal was a great finish from Ryan Colclough, and a great little weighted pass from Jordan Hallam. Ryan smashed the ball into the net. It was a victory we deserved over 90 minutes.”

He continued: “It was an outstanding performance in terms of our attitude and application. We showed a lot of quality as well.

“It was a difficult start and we had to change shape, and we did that well. We’d gone 1-0 down and their diamond was causing us a lot of problems, so we matched them up, got a foothold in the game and scored three outstanding goals.

“You have to look after the ball in possession and work hard without it. Once we did match their system, we looked the better team.”

Next up for the Iron Under-23s is a home game against West Bromwich Albion in the same competition at Birkdale Park on Thursday (2pm kick-off).

Wilcox added: “It’s a quick turnaround in terms of rest and recovery and we’ll see what Thursday brings. I don’t think we’ll get many of the first team lads (with the game being so close to the first team fixture at Bradford), but again we’ll put out a mixed team with maybe a few more scholars involved.”

It was the Under-23 side’s first game since December 10th, and Wilcox was delighted to be back in action, with a busy schedule ahead.

He said: “It was a good feeling to be back out there, and the lads have missed playing. My group have had that little break over Christmas and have come back refreshed and hungry. We have a lot of games between now and the end of the season, and they’re coming thick and fast.”

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