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Cox reflects on a hard-fought three points

26 September 2020

First team manager Neil Cox provided his reaction to iFollow Iron after we won 1-0 at home to Carlisle United.

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Cox had his first win as a manager after Jordan Hallam scored the winning goal in the first half and goalkeeper Rory Watson made some excellent saves.

Cox said: "I’m absolutely over the moon. The boys put a gritty performance in, it wasn’t pretty and it was difficult with the weather, but we knew it was going to be tricky when we turned up.

“The determination that the players showed to win the game and see the game out was great to see. I’m all about the team but there were some really good performances out there.”

Talking about the positives he saw from the players, he said: “We’re a young side and we’re trying to learn and they want to play open football and pass it around people. Mostly they want to create chances but today was about sticking in and fighting for each other.

“I saw some really good performances out there and to keep a clean sheet at home against a good side and to battle it through in difficult conditions was really good.”

Discussing the goal scorer, the manager said: “Jordan (Hallam) has had a difficult 18 months after coming into the camp and over the last couple of weeks he’s trained hard and done a little bit extra to make sure he gets an opportunity.

“With Kenan (Dünnwald-Turan) missing today with a sore groin, Hallam got the opportunity and scored. I think he worked so hard for the team and he suffered a little bit of cramp at the end of the game.

“That what I want to see, people working really hard for each other and he’s deserving of the goal. It was a great finish and a lovely ball in by Gilly (Alex Gilliead).”

Rory Watson made three difficult saves to give the Iron a clean sheet, and Cox commented: “For Rory to keep a clean sheet with brilliant saves was great. That’s what we got a bit of confidence from - the good saves.

“I think he looks like he’s been under a lot of pressure in the time he’s been here but I have no problems with him. He works hard and trains hard and wants to get better. He demands from his teammates and for Paul Musselwhite (goalkeeping coach) to push him.”

Talking about players coming back from injury, he said: “It’s great to get Manny (Onariase) on the pitch, he was needed. He’s still a little bit behind on his fitness as he’s just come back from his hernia operation but he was happy to come on and happy to play for the team.

“Kenan had a little bit of a tight groin on Thursday so we decided to leave him. He could have played but if he does damage to it, he could be six weeks out. So we decided to rest him up. He should be into the fold after Tuesday’s game.”

Discussing the next game which is in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night against Manchester City under 21s, the manager said: “I have to have a look at who’s going to be available to play because there are rules you have to abide in terms of having players who have played a certain number of games.

“I will have a look, and get a strong side out to go forward and into that game. It’s all about getting results and today wasn’t pretty but they battled out a 1-0 win.”

See much more from Neil Cox, Jordan Hallam and Rory Watson on iFollow Iron. Click here to buy a £10 match pass for the EFL Trophy clash against Manchester City under 21s on Tuesday night.

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