United were impressive even in defeat to Nigel Adkins’ Championship charges, Reading, on Tuesday nightWinger Gary McSheffrey was pleased with the performance despite the result.
He told The Iron Player: “We played well. We knocked the ball about well and looked really compact and very organised. Looking at some clips back on video, we played with the freedom and confidence of a team playing really well.
“We were disappointed we didn’t get the result we wanted. We felt we were robbed a bit, but that’s football.
“With teams at Championship level you get that one opportunity to put it in the net.
“We were happy with the performance but gutted about the result.”
McSheffrey hailed and appreciated Tuesday night’s support from the terraces and insists that a couple of wins in the league will see the Iron on their way.
He added: “They know their stuff. They know that we worked hard and played our football and that we were unlucky.
“They appreciate that and I’m sure they were pleased our performance was going in the right direction with the last couple of games and the point at Yeovil.
“It’s amazing the confidence that one or two victories in the league will give every player, the staff and the fans.
“It’ll just be a big boost for the football club. We need one or two wins and everything will be alright.”
The former Coventry man had an impressive pre-season and started the season in the first eleven. After a couple of games out he made a return to Russ Wilcox’s team in the cup – a berth he’s hungry to hold
He added: “I was pleased with the first couple of performances [this season]. Preston was disappointing, I didn’t play well at all.
“I had a couple of games out of the team which was frustrating but that gives you the hunger to get back in the team and stay in the team.
“We played well against Reading the other night, I felt I played well personally and I enjoyed the game.
“I’m just going into the next few games now, trying to keep my place in the team and chip in with a few goals.”
Walsall are next up on Saturday at Glanford Park and McSheffrey expects a tough game from a side that get the ball down and play – an effective style of play that saw them finish comfortably in mid-table last season.
He said: “They’ll be a good, organised outfit and a good footballing team. They always play nice football and they’ve got tidy players.
“It should be a good, entertaining game for the fans. Hopefully we produce the same performance as we did on Tuesday but with a better result and get the win.”
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