Iron boss Stuart McCall was ‘encouraged’ by the performance of the club’s development side in a 2-2 draw against a strong Rotherham United outfit on Tuesday, ahead of this weekend’s League One clash with Oxford United.
Scunthorpe faced a Millers’ side that fielded ten senior players and featured ex Iron loanee Matt Crooks, but goals from January signing Jordan Hallam and George Hornshaw were enough to secure a draw for Russ Wilcox’ men.
January signing Jacob Bedeau made his first appearance after returning from injury, whilst Kevin van Veen and Olofela Olomola also played a part.
The development squad have been involved in some high scoring games of late, beating a Huddersfield Town side 4-2 you can take advantage of all the latest btts and win bets ahead of this weekend’s game with Oxford United if you fancy the first team to replicate the goal scoring exploits of the reserve side at the Kassam Stadium.
McCall said: “It was really encouraging, giving the lads who have not played much a chance to play against a really strong Rotherham side.
They had at least eight players out there who have played first team football and made lots of appearances. The performance was good. Throughout the side, everyone played well.
The Iron boss also said that U23 side manager Russ Wilcox and coach Andy Dawson had dissected the video of recent development games and believes it is having a positive impact on the players.
“For our side, they were very encouraging signs from the lads and these games are certainly benefitting them. Daws (Andy Dawson) and Russ (Wilcox) have had a look back at it and pulled some lads in to go through the clips, so it’s very beneficial.”