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Beestin: That was the best we've played so far

19 August 2021

Midfielder Alfie Beestin spoke to iFollow Iron after scoring the 90th minute goal that secured a 1-1 draw away to Walsall on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old got on the end of a right-wing cross from Tom Pugh to slot in the goal, which secured a point for the Iron at the Banks's Stadium.

Beestin said: “To score the equaliser felt brilliant. I felt like we deserved the win but we’re happy to come away with a point. We played our best so far; we’ve shown we can come away from home and do that. It proves we’re good enough to play from the back. If we do that more often, we’ll win more points.” 

He added: “It was a poor goal conceded, we know that and spoke about it straight after the game. It’s not good enough but to get a goal in the last minutes shows character from the boys.” 

Commenting on his first goal of the season, he said: “I want to score goals and get up the pitch as much as possible. The gaffer and Bhuna (assistant manager Mark Lillis) have spoken to me about that. 

“I feel like even after we scored, we were pressing in the few minutes we had left, like with the corner. I felt like there was only going to be one winner after we scored.” 

Looking ahead to the Iron’s next game on Saturday against Sutton United, he said: “I feel like after the last two performances, especially with them being away from home, we’ve played well. The next game is at home so hopefully we can put these away performances into the home games."

Reflecting on the team’s performance so far, he commented: “We didn’t get off to the best start; now we’ve got two away draws I think we’ve shown character and are improving. Hopefully now we can get a few more goals from open play. You’ve got to forget about previous games and focus on trying to score."

He continued: “It’s a good group of lads, especially with Tom Pugh who has come in at right wing-back and then played centre midfield today with me and put in another good performance so it shows the character of the lads.

"This is Pughy’s first proper full season where he is starting every game and credit to the lad, he’s putting in some good performances. He was so unlucky about his opener, like with my goal he arrived late and he was in there to try and score the goals, which is what us midfielders want to do.” 

Discussing how great it was to have fans back to celebrate the goal, Beestin said: “When I scored, I ran away from the fans because I hadn’t seen them. I ran back and that goal was for them. I’ll take my yellow card for celebrating any day.” 

See more from Alfie Beestin on iFollow Iron. 

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