Under-23s manager Russ Wilcox was delighted to see young striker Harry Jessop get on the scoresheet in the development squad’s 3-1 defeat at Port Vale.

Jessop, an academy prospect, was singled out for praise by Wilcox having scored an impressive second half goal when introduced as a substitute.

Wilcox told the press: “It is a positive. He came on and gave us a spark straight away.

“He came on during a difficult period of the game when it was 3-0 but sometimes it’s a good time as a striker to come on because you have nothing to lose.

“He looked sharp, taking his goal ever so well with a left foot strike into the far top corner. I think that was the main positive today.”

Elsewhere, Wilcox was pleased to see Andy Dales and Andy Butler both step up their return from injury playing 90 minutes each. The duo are in contention for a return to the first team squad to face Northampton Town at Glanford Park on Saturday – a game in which the Iron will be slight favourites. You can work out your possible weekend winnings if you are having a punt on the game using the Findbettingsites calculator.

Wilcox was less impressed with his sides all round display and admitted he expected more from his players.

“We’re disappointed, not just with the scoreline but certainly the first-half performance. Performance-wise I expected more.

“Friday was a terrific performance against a top quality Under-23s side in West Bromwich Albion, who are Category 1, but the players will have learned more from today.”

“It’s not all about the winning in these games but the first-half performance was disappointing. It’s a group that’s still learning, still developing and there’s more to come from us. I don’t think anybody was up to speed in the first-half. Our passing was disappointing, playing on their first team pitch and one of the biggest in the EFL.

“We talked about making the pitch expansive, especially with our shape as well, with the wing-backs getting high and wide, but we never really got going. We’ll look back on it and we’ll learn.”


Listen to the latest Iron Bru podcast