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Loft felt Iron did enough to deserve more at Orient

15 March 2021

As the side drew 1-1 against Leyton Orient away from home at the weekend, scorer Ryan Loft felt his side did enough to deserve all three points.

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Loft netted his ninth goal of the season in the first-half from close range, but this was then cancelled out by Ouss Cisse’s leveller.

The forward said to iFollow Iron: “I think it was a game where both teams had times when they were on top, but we’re coming away disappointed as we haven’t got the three points. Especially when Kev (van Veen) was denied the penalty even though we all thought it was one.

“That could have changed the game but it’s another point on the board and another step closer to where we want to be.”

Away from home, the Iron are now unbeaten in three matches, and Loft commented: “We have been good away from home and hard to score against. Especially in a game like today, with the ref not giving us the penalty, we could have easily gone and won the three points.

“It just shows you how well we’re defending as a team and how much we’ve grown”

Speaking about his goal, he said: “Those sorts of goals are the ones that get your tally up and they’re more satisfying. They’re the ones where you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time.

“With my confidence at the minute I think that, being in the right place at the right time, it just falls to you.”

Discussing strike partner Kevin van Veen, who has just come back into the team after injury and set up Loft’s goal, he said: “He’s unbelievable, he’s got a range of passing - he can do it all. He’s good with taking players on, finding the pass and today the diagonal he played into me was incredible. He made it easy to knock it in.”

Talking about refereeing decisions in the game not going the Iron’s way, Loft said: “It was frustrating, especially with the penalty shout. There were another couple of incidents where Kev’s been dragged down and then I don’t know how (the challenge on) Alex Gilliead was not given as a red card, as it a goal-scoring opportunity. It’s just one of those days, so we just have to keep our focus.”

Discussing his performance, the forward said: “I missed the Cambridge and Salford games with a thigh injury and I’ve come back and taken a little knock earlier in the Exeter game on Tuesday. It wasn’t my best of games and I wanted to forget as quickly as possible and try to put that right today. Hopefully, we can just build on what we did today and push forward.”

United next face Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night in the first of three upcoming three games at the Sands Venue Stadium. Loft said: “It’s a great chance to try to get a good run going like when we had those four wins in a row. We should be confident as it’s three home games in a row but most importantly we need to put in a good performance and get the three points.”

See much more from Ryan Loft on iFollow Iron.


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