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NOLAN RELISHING BLACKBURN RETURN

12 August 2014

United defender Eddie Nolan is expecting a tough test in the Capital One Cup clash at Blackburn but stated that the players are looking forward to the challenge ahead.

The Championship club have recent experience of Premier League football and boast a very strong squad as they aim to return to the top tier.

And ex-Rovers player Nolan admitted that it will be nice to return to his former club.

He told The Iron Player: “They’re a side that are going to be pushing for promotion this season and they’ve got some very good players.

“It’s going to be a very good test for us but it’s one we’re looking forward to and it would be nice if we can cause a shock.

“It’ll be the first time I’ve gone back there as a player. I don’t think there are too many faces left from when I was at the club but there are a couple so it will be good to see them.

“It’ll also be good to play at a big stadium and hopefully it’ll be a good game.”

Scunthorpe go into the fixture searching for a morale boosting victory after the 3-1 opening day loss at Swindon on Saturday afternoon.

Nolan stressed that the squad are disappointed with the weekend defeat but says the players are focused on learning from the game and moving on.

“We were very disappointed to lose the first game of the season but we’ll go on to Blackburn now and hopefully build some momentum ahead of the Preston game,” he continued.

“We want to put things right as soon as possible.

“We’ve gone over the Swindon game and we know what needs doing better and hopefully we can learn our lesson and build on it.

“Last season we probably would have got away with some of the goals Swindon scored but they’re a very good side and League One is very different so we’ll learn our lessons and move on.”

With the new season now underway, Nolan is looking to stay injury free and play as much as possible throughout the course of the campaign.

And the full-back says the United players will now put the Swindon setback behind them and concentrate on future games.

He added: “I just want to play as many games as I can and as well as I can.

“Every player wants to play as many matches as they can, stay injury free and do the best they can for the side.

“It would be nice to do what we did last season as a team but we want to push for the top half of the table and build on that as we go.

“We’ll put Saturday behind us now and look forward to the games ahead of us.”

See much more from Eddie Nolan, and others, on The Iron Player.

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