On-loan midfielder Hayden Hackney is fully focused on getting the three points in this away game against Mansfield Town at the weekend.

The 19-year-old reflected on new manager Keith Hill’s first league game last Saturday, which saw a 1-1 home draw against Salford City.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “I think we were good for 60-65 minutes and we were playing more to Keith Hill’s style. He likes to keep the ball more and press high but we were unlucky not to get the three points. I’m sure the points will come as the performances are getting a lot better. 

“The disallowed goal (which could have made it 2-0) was just offside but that was fine margins. It could have gone either way. Overall, it was a good performance and we’ll take that on to Saturday.”

Commenting on the new manager's changes, Hackney said: “He’s come in and it’s a fresh start for everyone. The people who weren’t playing have a chance to prove that they could get in the team. He’s very demanding on pressing and fitness which is good. Hopefully we can get the three points on Saturday.”

He added: “We’ve been working hard to get our fitness levels up; so we can last the whole 90 rather than the 60 minutes we play with intensity. I would say we were on top for most of the game and then we tired and that’s where they got their goal.”

Since signing for the Iron on loan in August, Hackney has secured a regular spot on the team. After last Saturday's game he was also voted the Iron Bar man of the match by supporters.

He said: “I’ve had to work hard to keep my place but I was happy to and hopefully I can just kick on now and keep playing. I think I can chip in with a few more assists and goals, but I think I’m settling in well and the performances are coming. The chances are coming so hopefully I can get a few goals. 

“It was good to get the man of the match but there’s still more to come. Hopefully I can show the fans that. It was frustrating at the start because I was in and out of the team but you have to work hard to get that spot. Now I’ve got that I want to keep it.”

Finally, looking ahead to Mansfield Town away this weekend, he concluded: “Every game in this league is tough I would say but I think we can get the three points with the performances we’ve had. We’ll go there, work hard and hopefully get the result. The past performances have been good but we need to cut out the mistakes, work hard the whole game and not switch off.”

See much more from Hayden Hackney and Keith Hill on iFollow Iron. 

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