|Kevin van Veen celebrates his spectacular solo goal against Oldham on Saturday|
Isn’t it crazy how much difference a couple of weeks can make? Our dreadful eight month losing streak away from home is over, and we have a home game up next with a chance to push into the top half of the table.
Okay, so we started the season pretty poorly – but we have been so close in some games to getting more than the points we have, and we’ve only been outclassed once, when we faced Wigan.
If Paddy puts away the penalty against Millwall, and we don’t squander that two goal lead against Colchester – or even if we score two from the 23 shots we had against Blackpool, we’d be SEVEN points better off, and that would be enough to see us take Sheffield United’s place in the play off positions – and that itself is pretty remarkable.
Any Iron fans that attended the three games above know that regardless of whether we played well or not, those are all games that the scenarios I created could have quite easily happened – and it shouts volumes to me of how important building on the last two games is.
Shrewsbury head to Glanford Park on Saturday on the exact same points as the Iron, and both clubs have won just two from their last five matches too.
The 1-0 defeat of Fleetwood in the last home match was far from glamorous, but what it did do was set the tone for a far better performance when we beat Oldham 4-2 last weekend at Boundary Park.
David Mirfin being back in at the heart of the defence looks to have brought steel back into the Iron back line, and has also brought the best out of Murray Wallace too. Whilst Jack King has moved into a CDM type role, and he too looks to be more comfortable there – something you’d hope to see more of in the coming weeks.
Possibly King playing as well as he did in his new role last Saturday was down to one of the best solo performances of an Iron player I can remember in recent times. Credit to Mark Robins and Peter Swann for this one, as the loan signing of Tommy Rowe before the Fleetwood match seems to have been a masterclass. It is no coincidence that United have earned six points from a possible six since his arrival, the lad is class – and just what we’ve needed since Luke Williams’ injury.
Tom Hopper came back into the starting line up on Saturday to replace Joe Lolley. Hopper was superb against Oldham, he won everything I can remember – and battled heroically too. Had it not been for two superb saves from the Latics keeper, he’d of scored his first two goals of the season.
Kev’s goal on Saturday was voted the football league’s goal of the weekend, and there really was no competition for what was one of the greatest goals I’ve ever witnessed, and just to treat you all, here is how van Veen described the goal to me post match.
“I picked the ball up and wanted to sprint into the corner. I saw a little gap in between the two defenders, so I dinked it in between them a little bit.
“Then I see the other defender with his legs open so I say “Yeah come on Kev, you can do this.” – So I did a nutmeg.
“Then I chose to do a dink at the keeper because I thought he was outstanding today. I was very happy with the goal.”
Here’s hoping that we can continue on from where we left on Saturday and take down Shrewsbury, whilst hopefully moving into the top half of League One.
Up the Iron!