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Bedeau looks to build on Oldham win

17 November 2020

After scoring his first league goal of the season on Saturday against Oldham Athletic, Jacob Bedeau is looking forward to trying to build on the three points with a trip to face Port Vale on Tuesday.

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The 20-year-old scored the opening goal of the game, which resulted in a 2-0 win in what was United's first clean sheet in nine matches.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: "Obviously after the tough run of games we have had and the COVID-19 outbreak it felt good to get the three points. We’ve got to build on this now and that’s what it’s all about.

"We need to get a run of games where we can pick up some points and start moving up the league.

"I think we can still play better. I think defensively we were a lot better but, on the ball, we can still create a lot more chances and we did create quite a few today. I think we can still improve."

The goal, which saw him bring the ball down from a Kevin van Veen cross before sweeping past former loan shotstopper Ian Lawlor, was only his second for the club. Speaking on the strike, he added: "I get a bit of stick for my finishing from some of the boys, so it was good to get one and shut them up a little bit.

"The ball was there and all I needed to do was bring it down and I knew if I brought it down well then, I was probably going to score. It was good to get one."

With a second win of the season now on the board and a first away win since New Year's Day, Bedeau looked ahead to Tuesday’s match away against Port Vale, as he seeks to make it back-to-back wins for the first time in almost a year: "Obviously, it would be good to get another three points on the board and start climbing the league. I think we know it’s going to be a tough game; they are a good side.

"We played them earlier in the Carabao Cup, so we know what we are expecting and facing but we need to go there with the optimism that we can win."

A number of experienced players returned to league action which had a positive impact on the rest of the squad, according to the defender: "Having Jordan (Clarke), Junior (Brown), and Manny (Onariase) come back will be really good for the younger players to pick up what they know and to be lead through the game by them which they did really well today.

"It hasn’t been good enough. The back four hasn’t been good enough for the past month, probably since the start of the season. But today I think it was an improvement and I think the communication was a lot better.

"I think having Junior and Jordan there as well with their experience and their know-how really helped as well."

The former Bury and Aston Villa full-back is determined that the win and clean sheet can be a turning point in the club's season. He alluded to the second goal of the game, which settled the nerves at the weekend, allowing the side to keep a second shut-out of the season.

"Kev got that second goal and what a finish it was," he added.

"When we got that second goal it was almost a relief because you know you have got that bumper. We knew we still had to be wary, defend and dig deep to get clean sheet.

"We have got 37 games left this season, and we need to pick up points from those games, so it’s about taking this win and putting it in the locker as such and moving on to get the win on Tuesday next week and move on."

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