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Lavery: We need to build some momentum now

26 September 2022


Lavery: We need to build some momentum now

26 September 2022

New signing Caolan Lavery was extremely pleased with the team’s attitude and second half performance against Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

It was a debut to remember for the former Bradford City man, who came on as an early substitute for injured forward Aiden Marsh and scored the goal that started the fightback early in the second half, before setting up George Taft's winner, as Scunthorpe came back from two goals down to take a valuable three points.

“It was disappointing going into half-time a couple of goals down," he began.

“We had a good chat at half-time. Tony (Daws) and Michael (Nelson) gave us some good information, and we came out and got that first goal which was big because we said at half-time the next goal is the big one and if we score one, they (Dorking) might crumble. They didn’t exactly crumble, I think we upped the tempo, the pace and altogether it was a brilliant day in the end.

“The lads were talking about coming from behind to take points in previous games. It’s good, but at the same time we don’t want to have to come back from behind all the time. We want to be in the lead, we want to hold on to leads and we want to dictate play but for whatever reason that’s not happened yet, but on the flipside the resilience and the determination to get back into the game is a big one because there are going to be times throughout the season where you’re going to have to slog and work hard to try and get back into it. So it’s good that the lads have done that."

Lavery then spoke about his performance and how it felt to be back on the pitch, adding: “As a footballer you can’t beat a matchday so it was great to be out there and obviously the three points was huge, especially the way we did it.

"It was absolutely brilliant to be back out there with the lads and ultimately get the win.

“Unfortunately (Aiden) Marsh went down with an injury so I came on a lot sooner than I imagined.

"I thought I would only get about 15 minutes off the bench but I managed to get 70 minutes under my belt and I think it will do me the world of good. In terms of a debut, I think it was as good as it gets, a goal, assist and a win so I can’t complain."

He added: “I think I did quite well, I’ve worked hard away from football to keep myself fit so I think I coped quite well, obviously the legs were a little bit tired with ten minutes to go, and when (Liam) Feeney unfortunately got injured as well they put me right-wing-back so I’m glad there wasn’t much time left when they stuck me there!

“The only way to get match fitness is to play matches so getting 70 minutes or so under the belt will do me the world of good moving forward hopefully."

Finally, when asked about the team’s improving performances over the last few games and the upcoming match against Torquay, Lavery stated: “People talk about momentum in football all the time so we need to remember how today was and we need to use it going forward. Hopefully today is the start of the momentum for us moving up the table."

See much more from Caolan Lavery on Iron Player.

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