Striker Akpo Sodje delighted to get first goals for Scunthorpe United
THEIR patience has certainly been tested over the last four months, but striker Akpo Sodje hopes Scunthorpe United's home victory in midweek will be the first step towards repaying their fans' faith.
The Iron ended a dreadful run of nine games without a win at Glanford Park as a brace from Sodje sunk Portsmouth, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
And having leapfrogged Oldham Athletic out of the relegation zone, the 33-year-old front man says confidence is high as United aim to repeat that feat against Crawley Town on Saturday.
"It was a big result to get at home," he said. "We need the fans to be patient with us and we're gradually going to get there.
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"It wasn't a good game but we stuck in there and got the three points, that's all we've got to do and make sure we stay up.
"It gives us a lot to build on.
"This month we've got five home games. We'll always take a game like that if we get the three points.
"We've just got to go into the next game with the confidence we have now and move on.
"I think that was a really big win for us and we're out of the bottom four.
"I'm really pleased with that and pleased to get two goals, but it's not about the goals, it's about the team.
"The whole team worked really hard and the defenders especially, worked really hard.
"The players on the bench and in the squad, everybody worked really hard. We just stuck in there and got a big win at home."
Sodje bagged his first goal in Scunthorpe colours five minutes before the interval against Pompey, applying the finishing touch to a Callum Kennedy cross.
And he followed that up with another in the second half, despite struggling a little at half-time.
"I don't know what was wrong with me, I was just a bit tired," he explained. "I just had to get through it and was happy to get another 90 minutes under my belt.
"I had to take some tablets to keep going, but I'm fine. It will just be down to fitness because the game is a totally different game compared to the games I've played, but I'll get there.
"I feel fine and I'm recovering fast after games. That's what I need to do and I'm happy with that.
"I wasn't going to put pressure on myself (to score).
"I didn't have the best of games but the goals came and I'm happy with that.
"To get two goals in my first home game, I'm really pleased with that.
"And we got the three points as well, which is more important.
"I'm just glad for the whole club, the players and fans that we got three points."