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Foster seeking to stamp his mark in goal for Iron

12 December 2022


Foster seeking to stamp his mark in goal for Iron

12 December 2022

Goalkeeper Owen Foster is looking to nail down his starting place after keeping a clean sheet in the goalless draw at Yeovil Town on Saturday.

The 17-year-old is in line to continue in between the sticks after the Iron kept their first clean sheet since the goalless draw away at Crawley Town in March and is aiming to build on his third professional appearance, and first in the National League.

Speaking to Iron Player ahead of the home league encounter against Woking, he first reflected on the clean sheet in Somerset: “I think it’s a positive more than a negative. Obviously, we were disappointed not to bring back the three points but it’s a start. We’ve stopped the rot now and a clean sheet was a positive result for us.

“It’s a good feeling as ‘keeper. Being on the sidelines for so long, I’ve been watching us not get the results that we’ve wanted. Coming into the team and getting a clean sheet is a good feeling.

“The defence was solid on Saturday. We did our job at the back and we were unlucky going forward. We had a few chances, including one off the line and one hit the post. But, overall, our defence was solid and that was a positive.”

Foster was among four changes going into the encounter with the Glovers, with Colin Daniel coming in at left-back, while Tom Pugh and Fin Shrimpton were brought into the heart of the Iron midfield.

Speaking about the alterations, he continued: “As Nelse said, things needed to change. He’s tried it and on Saturday he changed it and it came off. 

“I think it was a good change and a positive change. There’s nothing better than playing. I’ve been training every day this season, but you can’t compare training to playing.

“I played one game in pre-season and two games for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup this season, but it’s a big difference playing for the first team, so to get back out there was a good feeling.

“It boosts your confidence when you make saves, especially in the first half. It’s like a first touch. You’ve just got to build your way into the game, and that’s what the saves did. 

“I want to try to get as many games under my belt as possible from now. I’ve got to keep performing in the games to try and get as many results as possible."

The United youngster, who spent time with Premier League Nottingham Forest earlier this season, is hoping he’s done enough to keep a starting spot in Tuesday’s home league encounter against Woking as the side look to build on the shut-out.

“We want to get a result again. Hopefully, it’ll be another game that I can start and hopefully I can help the team out,” he stated.

“It’ll be nice to play in front of the home fans again. I’ll take any appearance, but it’s always better when you’re at home in front of your own fans. I want to stay in the team, keep as many clean sheets and get as many positive results as I can.

“From Saturday, I think that I’ve made a positive impact. I hope that tomorrow night I can as well and keep the shirt for however long I can.”

See much more from Owen Foster and Michael Nelson on Iron Player.

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