As many Scunthorpe United fans saw, the football club had to settle for one point after having played a highly entertaining 3-3 draw against Wigan recently. Many journalists and experts analysed that match, drawing their own conclusions about what all could be taken away from the game which left the Iron at fifth spot on the table.
Here were 3 major takeaways from this recent SU vs Wigan game.
Tom Hopper improving with every match
Scoring 3 goals against a good Wigan side is definitely an excellent statistic in itself (here’s more on that at bbc.com). However, one of the most pleasing aspects of the Scunthorpe performance was that all those 3 goals came from the strikers’ feet.
Tom Hopper scored a brace, making it a total of 9 in this season, his maximum ever in a single season ever since he arrived at Glanford Park 3 years ago. Both his goals were top-notch. While the first one showed his excellent awareness as he picked up a killer pass from Funso Ojo, the second one came from a very good header into the far corner of the goal.
Even though Hopper has been frequently praised for his performances, he had never scored enough. It can be safely said that he is gradually but surely starting to turn things around, and is improving with every match. If he can get around the 12-goal mark by the end of the season, it would be a satisfactory return for the team to offer him a new contract and allow him to build on his current form in the next season.
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Ivan Toney is loving the big stage!
Ivan has been in great form ever since his return to Scunthorpe. Having scored 3 goals in his last 5 outings for the team, it’s a very decent return and he is quite looking like the player that the Iron fans saw during the last season’s second half. Last time around, Toney had scored very important goals against Bradford, then in the play-off semi-final match against Millwall (read more about that at skysports.com). If he continues his run until the later stages of the season, he could very well prove to be the deciding factor for the team.
Although he has often been at the receiving end for going down too easily, no one backing Scunthorpe would complain if he continues scoring goals for the team.
Performance must be repeated
Now, the main challenge for Scunthorpe would be replicating their good performance for the remaining part of the season. Graham Alexander talked about it during his post-match press conference, and that is also exactly the sentiment among the Iron fans.
While it was an excellent performance, they can’t just reserve it for only the big games. They must play equally good against every side. Provided they do this, no one can stop them from reaching the play-offs.