A brace for Abo Eisa on #DerbyDay got the smile across the Sudanese attacker’s face beaming once more as he took his tally to six goals for the season.
A powerfully precise free-kick scored in the first half saw the Iron grow in confidence and dominate proceedings at the Sands Venue Stadium before he rounded off the scoring after breaking the offside trap and showing a lot of composure to slot home his second the and the Iron’s third.
“The last performance against Grimsby (in December) wasn’t good, but it was good today. It was a great team performance, everyone was on it and we worked very hard to ensure the win,” he said, talking to iFollow Iron.
“To be fair, I’ve got that technique, so I was confident taking that one (the free-kick). The second one was a good ball from Lofty (Ryan Loft). I just had to be composed and finish it off.
“The first goal always gives you belief, especially playing at home. After we got that goal, it gave us a lot more confidence to play football and we did that at times.”
The 25-year-old came close on two occasions to complete what would have been his first EFL hat-trick, and was most notably denied by James McKeown after getting free on the left side of the area late on.
Despite this slight individual disappointment of not having a memento from what was a good day all-round for the Iron, he stated the side can take a lot of confidence from the result going forward.
“I should have scored the last chance I had when I was one-on-one with the ‘keeper. That’s bread and butter for me, so I am a bit disappointed with that one,” he continued.
“Everyone put a shift in today, including the lads who came on. Today was always going to be a team game and we worked a lot harder to ensure we got the win. Everyone should be pleased with themselves and we’ve given the fans something to cheer for.”
The result, especially being against local rivals, should help the side build forward into the second half of the season, according to the winger, who has urged his teammates to chase down the teams above them in the league table, starting with Port Vale on Tuesday.
“We need this win to change our season going forward and hopefully we can do that,” he stated.
“Winning is vital and especially against teams in and around us. We look forward to Tuesday now and hopefully the same again. After a couple of wins, we should be looking to chase other teams down. A couple of wins will change a lot in the table. Today was a good start and now we need to back that up.
“We need to look forward instead of looking down. We want to chase people down and be positive, like we have done today. We take that into Tuesday. We can take a lot of confidence and the changing room atmosphere was a lot better and it has given us a lot more belief.”
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