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Funso Ojo believes the Iron can secure their first victory over Blackpool for more than ten years this weekend, when the Seasiders travel to Glanford Park.
It was a late Billy Sharp goal in late-April 2006 when United last tasted triumph over Blackpool, with many disappointing results and performances against our resident ‘bogey side’ over recent years.
A cold day in mid-January of 2016 was the last time the two sides met, with the Iron going down to an embarrassing 5-0 defeat, to a side that would go on to be relegated from League One.
That 5-0 defeat also secured the fate of Mark Robins, with the former-manager sacked soon after the game.
Despite the ‘Blackpool curse’, Ojo is confident the Iron can continue their fine start to the new season come 3pm on Saturday.
“We are feeling very confident,” Ojo said.
“We are unbeaten and we have been playing good in the games, so the confidence is high.”
Ojo joked about how the Iron side had changed for the better since the team’s last met, including the inclusion of the Belgian himself.
“For me it’s all new, so I don’t look back at that. We didn’t have this team then, so they didn’t have Funso Ojo then, so let’s just try and set that record straight.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but if I’m honest I feel that we have the better quality, and that’s how I look at every game.”
Reflecting on last weekend’s result, the 26-year-old was delighted to secure all three points, claiming that even a point wouldn’t have been such a bad result.
“I told my family after the game that it wasn’t an open one, it was played in the centre of the field, not in their 18 or our 18.
“I would have been happy with a draw, but I’m even happier with the goal at the end.
“Everyone knows are main goal is to go up, so these small things (scoring late goals) are very important.
“I saw Hakeeb’s strike, and Rory seemed to touch the goalie when the ball was already in the goal, so for me it wasn’t a foul.” He concluded.