Iron defenders David Mirfin and Eddie Nolan took a break from the on-pitch celebrations to speak with the Iron Player.That was after Scunthorpe United were promoted into League One at Exeter City on Saturday.
Despite going down 2-0 to the Grecians on the afternoon, the Iron’s splendid form in the weeks beforehand ultimately saw them over the line after fellow promotion-hopefuls Fleetwood were held to a draw by Southend United.
“Obviously we’re delighted,” centre-back Mirfin excitedly began.
“Promotion is what we’ve achieved, although we are a bit disappointed with how we’ve done it today.”
Rather uncharacteristically, Scunthorpe never really got a foothold in the game on the afternoon, as they conceded a goal in each half to register their first defeat in twenty-nine games under Russ Wilcox.
Despite the loss, however, Scunthorpe still have a chance to secure the League Two title if they win against York City next weekend and other results go their way.
“It wasn’t a great performance, but we’ve held on,” left-back Nolan said of the 2-0 defeat, before confirming that Scunthorpe still have every intention of winning the League Two title next weekend.
“But we still want to get those medals around our necks, we’ll just have to do it the hard way now.
“That’s the next aim.”
The defenders also unanimously agreed that the Iron can now head into next weekend’s game against the Minstermen with the pressure firmly off their shoulders, after finally ending their European-record-breaking unbeaten run.
“Yeah”, they both quickly responded, when asked if gaining promotion had taken the pressure off them somewhat.
“I think so, now we’ve got the unbeaten run off our back,” Mirfin elaborated.
“I don’t think it was a problem, but we never set out at the start of the season expecting to have a run like that!
“Like I say, promotion was the aim – and that’s what we’ve achieved.”
Irishman Nolan also suggested that the Iron’s fans have supported their team terrifically over the course of the season, and was delighted to have rewarded the 664 supporters who made the long journey down to Devon with promotion.
“The fans have been brilliant all season,” Nolan said.
“I think they’ll be pleased with the promotion too!”
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