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Loft: As a striker it's all about confidence

7 September 2020

Ryan Loft has reflected on Saturday's Carabao Cup match against Port Vale, where he scored a debut goal.

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Speaking to the press afterwards, the striker gave his reaction to iFollow Iron and how he felt about the game, which eventually ended in a last-gasp 2-1 loss.

He said: “I was a bit disappointed in the changing room. In the game I’m going to give us credit, we did really well.

“I think it’s set a good benchmark for the season ahead. We have been off for months and to come back and put on a performance like that, I think we should be fairly pleased.”

Discussing his very first goal for the Iron, he said: “I think I had a good start to my Scunthorpe career. I was pleased about the goal and especially the way it happened.

“The manager wants me to get in the box and get goals, so to be able to do that on my debut, I’m happy with that.

“As a striker it’s all about confidence. The more goals you get, the more chances you get and the more confident I’ll be.

“But more importantly, I can hopefully help the team get more wins in the future.”

Loft feels that it was a blessing in disguise that the first match back was a cup match, he said: “We now know what we can work on and cut out the little silly mistakes that cost us a couple of goals.

“We’ve got another cup game on Tuesday (at Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy), so hopefully in that game we can get a win to help build confidence for the season ahead.”

Talking about games being played behind-closed-doors and without fans, Loft explained that it was a strange feeling.

He said: “I think in a game like Saturday when I got the equalizer the roof would have gone off.

“It’s one of them things you have got to get used to and hopefully in the coming weeks we can start getting the fans back in.

“I think to score a goal when the fans are back in and celebrate with them will do the world of good for everyone.”

As touched on, United’s next game is an EFL Trophy match on Tuesday away at Lincoln City.

Speaking about the previous match against the club, which was a friendly a fortnight ago that ended 4-0 to the Imps, he stated: “That game compared to the one we’ll give them on Tuesday will be totally different.

“I can see us going in there with a bit of confidence. You’re playing for something that means something, so I don’t think you should look into the result before because it will be a totally game on Tuesday.”

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