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Wootton's thoughts on the draw at Shrewsbury

By Jeff Daws

Academy Graduate Kyle Wootton reflects on the point gained at Shrewsbury

Iron striker Kyle Wootton was pleased to be on the scoresheet in the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday afternoon and says it was still a 'good point' earnt away from home.

Wootton opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the campaign midway through the first half, but the hosts hit back late on to salvage a draw at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Speaking to iFollow Iron after the game, the striker said: “As a team, in the first 45 minutes, we were very solid and we had good moments of play.

“For the first hour or so, it didn’t look like we were going to concede, but it’s one of those games where they started pushing on in the last half an hour when they needed a goal and they managed to get it.

“However, it’s still a decent point to add onto our tally and we’ll take it.”

Shrewsbury equalised with just over five minutes left to play after a low cross took an unfortunate ricochet off Adam Hammill and landed in the back of the net.

Wootton says the result, despite it being a good point, was still a tough one to take after racing into an early lead.

He added: “We were winning for the majority of the game and it looked as though we were going to see it out.

“There were a few mistakes from us, including myself leading up to the goal and for Hammy (Adam Hammill). Obviously he didn’t mean to put it through his own net, but sometimes it happens.

“They were pushing forward because they needed to score, although on the other hand, I thought we could have been more of a threat in the last half an hour attacking wise and maybe got another goal to win the match.

“At the end of the day, it’s another point away from home.”

Wootton netted with 22 minutes on the clock after Tony McMahon delivered an inch perfect ball into the area for the striker to meet with his head.

Both he and Luke Waterfall went up for the header, but the Iron frontman got there first and nodded past Jonathan Mitchell in the Shrewsbury goal.

Speaking about the finish, Wootton said: “In training over the week, we worked on that move a lot of times and I scored a few good ones.

“Today, Macca (Tony McMahon) put another great ball in and I got a touch on it. The defender was claiming for a foul, but it went in and it’s another goal to add onto my tally.

“It was good to be on the scoresheet again. I want to help the team and the club out as much as possible to get us back up to where we need to be in the table.”

The match also marked Wootton’s return to the starting eleven after coming on as a substitute in last weekend’s defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

The 22-year-old was delighted to be back in the side and insists he will do whatever it takes to help the team out.

He stated: “It’s a squad game and I’m a team player. We need results at this moment in time, but I’m very thankful to Andy Dawson for putting me back in the side and hopefully, there are more goals to come before the end of the season and some more wins as well.”

The Iron will now look to turn one point into three next time around when they face Burton Albion at Glanford Park on Saturday.

Wootton says the team can take plenty of positives from the Shrewsbury game going into next week.

“Over the season, as a team, we haven’t been as good as we would have liked to have been defensively, but I thought today, for the majority of the game, we looked solid, especially in the first half.

“People were putting their bodies on the line, and we’ve just got to look to take that into next week. If you don’t concede goals, you start to pick up points and get the wins” he said.

Speaking about the Burton fixture, Wootton believes it’s a great chance for the Iron to get a win in front of the home fans and added: “It’s going to be another big game at home for us.

“Our home form has been alright over the course of the season, so it’s going to be a good opportunity for us to go out there and get the three points.

“As a squad we’ve worked really hard in training, so we’ve just got to keep that up. As a team, we’ve got quality all over the pitch, so we need to keep positive and concentrate on ourselves looking ahead to Saturday.”

Where next?

Chesterfield FC U18s v SUFC U18s Details of the Youth Alliance League game taking place on Saturday 13th April
SUFC U18s 3-1 Huddersfield Town U18s - Match Report SUFC started with two 15 year olds, seven 16 year olds, one 17 & one 18 year old. The bench was made up of one 16 year old and three 15 year olds

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