Sunday, 15 February 2015

Maintaining yesterday's second half performance momentum is imperative

First of many for Van Veen?

1-0 down at half time against one of the best teams in the division, you'd be forgiven for thinking Scunny would be lucky to get a draw at that stage - especially considering our relatively dire performances at home this season.

Somehow I sit here writing this piece on Sunday afternoon after a massive 3-1 victory for the Iron.

Despite starting the Second half a little like we ended the first, we finally got ourselves into gear, and following a sustained period of Iron pressure which saw Bishop hit the crossbar, we finally got ourselves back into the game. 1-1, and who other than Paddy Madden to be the man to get the goal. Funnily enough the corner we gained from Bishops effort which cannoned off the crossbar was the one that got us the goal.

So at half time you'd of been happy enough to get a point from the game but now you are at 1-1 with 30 minutes left to play. Do you go for all three points or try and hold what you've got, remembering that Swindon are a very decent side and a point wouldn't be the end of the world.

What happened next not many Scunny fans will have envisioned happening, especially considering our GP form.

Another corner brilliantly whipped in by Liam O'Neill was headed into the bottom right hand corner by Niall Canavan. Niall gets a fair whack of stick from our fans and sometimes it's warranted, but credit where credit is due, he's scored a huge goal for us here. Hopefully he can go on a bit of a run of form!

2-1. Let's be honest we all know one goal is not nearly enough to secure three points when the Iron are involved in a match. We saw the boys throw away two points in the 93rd minute on Tuesday and nothing other than another goal for us would settle the home crowds nerves.

Thankfully that clinching goal came in the 79th minute, and just thinking about it excites me. When your club spends big money on a player, you live in hope that the fee is worth it and the player proves it early on in his career at your club. When the player is a striker, you pray they bag their first goal quickly and kick on from there.

Kevin Van Veen. You can already sense he is going to become a legend at our club, and when he capitalised on a defensive slip he ran through on goal and chipped the Swindon keeper. You'd never have guessed it was only his first in claret and blue.

Despite late Swindon pressure we held on for three well deserved, valuable points. It gives us a chance once again to dream of a late play off surge, but if that is to happen then we need to continue the form of the second half yesterday into Tuesday (vs Chesterfield) and beyond.

Let's hope we reap revenge on Chezzy for the FA Cup exit and early season league battering at their place, whilst climbing the League One table.

Up the Iron - Viva Van Veen.

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