Despite the disappointment of conceding a late goal on Tuesday night, defender Marcus Williams insists his side are ready to go again against Newport on Saturday.The Iron went ahead through Sam Winnall’s bullet header in the 22nd minute before they were pegged back in the 89th – Steven Gillespie capitalising on a late break from the visitors.
Nevertheless, the unbeaten Scunthorpe record was extended to 17 games.
Speaking to The Iron Player, Williams spoke about the midweek game, praising United’s opposition: “Obviously at 1-0, we wanted to see the game out.”
“To be fair to Bristol Rovers, they played exceptionally well towards the back end of the game and to be fair they got what they deserved. As a team, we didn’t play as well as we know we can – especially on the back of the result against Portsmouth on Saturday.”
He added: “We’re disappointed, but the main thing is we didn’t lose, we’re still up there and unbeaten and a lot of results went for us.”
The Iron’s next opposition see them travel to Newport County – a pitch which endured six successive postponements earlier in the year. With games now being played on the surface thick and fast – and rugby played on it too – it could be a tricky encounter at Rodney Parade.
“It’s just going to be another tough game away from home,” Williams continued.
“Obviously, we will still go into the game with a lot of confidence because we’re unbeaten. We just have to make sure that we are prepared for the game as we enter a big month with seven games.
“We’re in the right position going into this month and we have to focus on them one game at a time. If we can win our games, we can look at the results afterwards and see where we are.”
He added: “At the minute, going into it, we’re in a good position.”
Whether or not the Iron will have to adapt from their footballing nature on Saturday remains to be seen - with the conditions, both on the pitch and the weather, likely to play a role in proceedings in Wales. Nevertheless, the United left back insists that his side will travel there thoroughly prepared.
“We will obviously have to assess it when we get there,” he continued.
“The weather is also dependant on the day, but we will go there and play our own game and not change too much. We’ve got a good work rate and if we get it down and create chances in the last third then we will be alright.”
He added: “Teams in and around us now are slipping and losing points and we have to take advantage of that.”
Saturday gives the Iron a great incentive to go top of the league with Chesterfield not playing until Monday night – with a win guaranteeing Scunthorpe top spot at the end of proceedings on the day.
“We have to concentrate on our game and nobody else,” said Williams.
He added: “Obviously if we get our result right, it puts pressure on the other teams and teams in and around us will look at our result.”
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