Writer: Site Staff
Date:Tuesday November 5 2013
League debutant Luke Waterfall had a fair bit to contend with in the game against Chesterfield.
He was drafted into the first team following the absence of Niall Canavan and not only was it his first league start for Scunthorpe, it was also his first start in the Football League fullstop having joined us over the summer from Gainsborough Trinity.
Prior to this his league experience had extended to three appearances from the bench, and his debut didn't go entirely to plan given an error after eight minutes in the game gave Chesterfield their lead in the game.
However the youngster rallied well given his experience, put in a solid performance for the rest of the game, and then got his just deserts with two minutes of normal time remaining as he bagged our equaliser in the match to send us home with a point.
Speaking to the Official Site Waterfall said it was a very valuable point ultimately because Chesterfield are a very good side and he expects them to be up there near the top of the table come the end of the season - and obviously he hopes we are in and around where they are also!
'I feel in the first half we could've been better. I've got to do a lot better for the first goal, I'll hold my hand up to that. I 'shanked' my clearance and I've got to sort out my feet quicker and better. Obviously, I'm delighted to get the equaliser late on, to try and make up for it I hope and in the end we've come away with a good point.'
Manager Brian Laws has already praised the manner in which Waterfall dealt with his early set back, as for a lot of players they would've shrunk into their shell, been afraid to commit to anything and by doing so become a liability making more mistakes, but he knuckled down, shook it off and responded well to it which bodes well for his mental strength and his future career.
The gaffer explained they had a few words at half time to keep him buoyed and few would argue he didn't perform better in the second half to boot as well.
For himself, he admits his second half performance was much better than he first, as he knows he got more confident as the minutes ticked by and he really got into the game, winning everything he needed to in the final 45 minutes so with somebody with his experience, improvement is all you can ask for as mistakes will be made, and it's simply how a player responds to them that matters - so the boy done good.
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