Brian Laws pleased with the Akpo Sodje contribution on his Scunthorpe United debut
AKPO Sodje was dead on his feet when he was substituted 81 minutes into his Scunthorpe United debut, manager Brian Laws has admitted.
But the Iron boss believes the much-travelled striker showed enough against Colchester United to suggest he will prove a useful acquisition in the club's battle to beat the drop.
Sodje, 32, arrived at Glanford Park last week, signing a contract at Glanford Park until the end of the campaign, a month after quitting League One rivals Preston North End.
He struggled for opportunities to mark his debut with a goal at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, but he did flick on Tom Newey's long ball upfield to grab an assist as Karl Hawley fired United 2-0 ahead.
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"The first part of his contribution is he set up a goal," said Laws, when asked for his assessment of Sodje's first outing.
"The one thing we'll get from him is strength in both boxes.
"He was fatigued, there was no question about that, because he hadn't played since the early part of December. That caught up with him.
"But he showed, aerially, he's going to be strong for us.
"It's not just about scoring goals, he can actually help others too.
"Karl Hawley has said he thinks he can benefit from Sodje being in the team and already he's capitalised on knowing he's going to win the ball."