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Beestin reacts after earning a point against Southend

22 March 2021

Despite scoring a late equaliser, midfielder Alfie Beestin was disappointed with the Iron's performance but ultimately glad to get a point against Southend United at home on Saturday.

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Beestin netted his fourth goal of the season to make it 1-1, 11 minutes after the Iron went down to ten men when skipper Jordan Clarke was sent off and the Shrimpers subsequently scored a penalty.

He said to iFollow Iron: “I thought we did okay in the end, especially because we were down to ten men. A point is big now but not good enough overall today. Hopefully put a better performance in against Bradford on Tuesday.  

“When we went in after the game we all said that we weren’t good enough but we can’t let that happen again, we’ll put a stop to that and play better on Tuesday.”

Beestin added: "When we went down to ten men, I thought we played with a bit more freedom, I don’t know why, but we looked better. Obviously to get the goal is massive for us.”

Commenting on his strike, he said: “I’m happy because everyone wants to score, I’m still an attack-minded player in my head and I like to get further up the pitch and fortunately it fell to me again and I put it away. I’m pleased to get the goal but with the rest of my performance, I’m not pleased.

“I always want to get forward but at times we’ve got to put a halt to that, for the team because you’ve got to have that defensive structure as well.”

The Iron played Oldham Athletic the previous Tuesday night, also ending in a 1-1 draw, and he said: “It was a different performance to Tuesday as I thought then we played some good football that night. We just weren’t at it today. It just can’t happen as it’s not good enough.

“I still felt like they didn’t cause much threat but we didn’t cause any threat either. It was just one of those scrappy games where you’ve got to try to get a hold on it to play some football.”

Looking ahead to the next game on Tuesday night against Bradford, which will be the third home game in the space of a week. The midfielder said: “I think we always put everything into the game, I know personally, even though I didn’t have the best of games today, I put 100 per cent in. I’m sure all the other lads do as well so it would be nice to get a break (with 10 days until the next game after Tuesday night).

“When you know you’ve got a break coming after you might push to put that little bit extra in. For me, I try to put everything in every game. It’s been a tough season so far with so many Saturday-Tuesday games, I probably haven’t played this many games in a season before so it’s taken its toll but I still think I can put in good performances until the end of the season.”

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