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Alfie Beestin reflects on final home warm-up match

25 July 2022

Midfielder Alfie Beestin was pleased with the performance displayed by the Iron in the 1-1 home draw against Peterborough.

Speaking to Iron Player about the game, Beestin said: "Obviously it’s good to get 90 minutes under the belt, my first 90 of pre-season so that’s obviously good.

"(We are) disappointed obviously with not winning the game, in which I felt like I created a lot of chances, we should've won the game but that’s what we’ve got to work on now in the next two of games running up to the league is trying score as many as we can and finishing them chances like we did today".

When asked about how Iron manager Keith Hill has influenced the attacking gameplan, Beestin revealed: "He felt like the first few games we were rushing it, and then we’ve worked a lot in the training sessions on just being calm and waiting for the chance to come and not rushing it.

"I felt we did that today, but then it was just the final touch that wasn’t there, so I feel like once we get that, we’ll start scoring goals for fun I think, but that’s the main thing we’re going to work on now is the finishing touch."

Talking about his impact on the game and his fitness due to an intense pre-season, Beestin stated: "The main thing for me is to get as many goals as I can this season. 

"The gaffer is big on me trying to get as many goals, he wants me to get in that box as much as I can and I feel like I'm getting in the area but it's my final touch which is the main thing I need to work on at the moment. I had a couple chances on Tuesday as well so although I'm getting in the box that’s where I need to focus on my final touch and try to get as many goals as I can."

"I want to create as many goals as I can for the team and try get us back into the league. We don’t want to be staying here for not longer than a season so I want to try help the team as much as I can, if that’s goals and assists that’s all I want to do.

"It’s been a tough pre-season but what pre-season is all about is getting up to full fitness for the first game of the season and I feel like all the boys are fit enough now, we’ve all had plenty of minutes in pre-season and obviously my first 90 today I felt like I wasn’t blowing up so I felt like it was a positive for me and hopefully these next two games I can get as much minutes as I can and then be ready for the first game of the season."

When asked about his struggles last season to play consistently, Beestin replied: "I am the hardest person on myself, if I know I'm not doing well enough I'm my biggest critic, so I know I have pushed myself in my off-season to get back to where I want to be in this pre-season and I want to be playing as hard as I can and I want that to be with Scunthorpe, so obviously I want to try get us out this league, so I want to come back firing and trying to get as many goals and assists as I can this season."

Looking ahead to the away trips at Bradford PA and Farsley Celtic, Beestin said: "It’s good obviously because it gives us a chance to play on the pitch we are going to play on more, so it will give us an idea on how to play on them pitches as well, so I think any game is good in pre-season. 

"The main thing for pre-season is getting your minutes, then when you want to try get as many goals as you can in them games it boosts your confidence, so I think it's just a game to boost our confidence and get ready for that first game of the season."

The Iron play Bradford PA on Tuesday, July 26th and Farsley Celtic (both away) on Saturday, July 30th in their final two pre-season fixtures.


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