For United midfielder Sean McAllister, Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Capital One Cup consisted a very encouraging performance.The Iron kept a clean sheet at the one-time Premier League champions, and thanks to Neal Bishop’s first-half header, booked their place in round two of the competition.
There they will face Nigel Adkins’ Reading, on what will be the former-United manager’s first competitive return to Glanford Park since he left the club in 2010.
“Obviously it’s delighting to bounce-back from the disappointment of Saturday [a 3-1 loss at Swindon Town],” McAllister reflected on the Blackburn tie to The Iron Player.
“We were all gutted after that game.
“But it’s brilliant to come to a place like – this where we were probably expected not to get anything – and to turn them over and come away with a 1-0 win.”
Indeed, United’s midfield engine was keen to allude to the illustrious history of Blackburn, and suggested that that made the result of slightly more significance for the club’s travelling fans.
He said: “It’s a massive club, with their history in the Premiership, and it will have been an experience for the fans.”
“I’m just glad we’ve been able to send them home pleased.”
Thinking about the way in which the Iron set themselves up, McAllister also felt that they combined attacking and defending in perfect balance on the night.
“We had a great shape out there today, it looked a good picture defensively,” he continued.
“And we know that with our attack, going forward we can hurt any team.
“[Gary] McSheffrey showed again what a threat he can be from set-pieces, and Bish [Neil Bishop] did well to get across his man and flick in.”
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