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28 March 2014

The midweek win at Cheltenham saw our record-breaking United team go 23 matches unbeaten under Russ Wilcox and the 2-0 away victory meant the Iron got their third successive clean sheet.

An instrumental part of the current unbeaten and clean sheet run is the central defensive powerhouse in Niall Canavan.

The academy product has been part of a detrimental defensive unit with David Mirfin at the back and he and the team are enjoying their football at the minute, always eager to get back out onto the pitch for the next match.

“The lads are a happy bunch at the minute, as you’d expect,” he said, speaking to The Iron Player.

“Confidence is high at the moment and we’re looking forward to Saturday’s game. The sooner it comes the better and hopefully we can carry the momentum forward and make it 24."

The 22-year old is enjoying his, and the club’s, change in fortunes, as he’s part of a promotion-chasing team.

“It’s always nice being at the top end of the table - I haven’t been there too often in the past. I’ve usually been on the wrong end and it’s refreshing to be up there," he added.

For the Claret and Blue, though, the focus remains on Saturday’s game, when Wycombe Wanderers are visitors to Glanford Park.

He stated: “I don’t think we can afford to get too far ahead of ourselves, Russ makes sure of that by telling us that the next fixture is the most important as it’s the next chance to pick up three points.

“If you do that and put in the right performances, you’ll get there sooner than if you are always looking a few weeks ahead. Hopefully we’ll do that by getting three points on Saturday.”

After the victory at the Abbey Business Stadium on Tuesday evening, Canavan feels his team-mates have plenty of positives to take from the match, despite being taken by surprise at the Robins’ approach.

“It was tough," he continued.

"They played it long, which wasn’t expected as they played the diamond formation and we thought they’d try and get on the ball a bit more, but that’s how it goes and you’ve got to deal with it the best you can, which I think we did.

“It was nice to come away with the three points and scoring from set-pieces is a good sign and if it comes to it on Saturday and we’re struggling, we know we’ve got great delivery and that might be the way to break them down.

“I think Wycombe could go about it two ways- either go at it and make it an open game or try to get behind the ball and wait to counter, making it difficult to break them down.

“It will be interesting to see, but we’ll be up for it either way and it’s up to us to get past them and take the three points.”

With Chesterfield missing out due to the JP Trophy final at Wembley, and leaders Rochdale taking on promotion chasing Fleetwood, the latter’s result could have a bearing on the Iron’s league position come Saturday evening.

If the Iron win and Rochdale lose, United will go top and if Dale draw, with the Iron winning by more than one, Russ Wilcox’s men will be ahead on goal difference. 

“There’s nothing we can do about the teams around us when they’re playing elsewhere.” Canavan said.

“We focus on our game on Saturday and if we take the three points, we’ll look at the other scores when we get back in the changing room and we’ll hope someone has done us a favour.”

See much more from Niall Canavan, Russ Wilcox and Gary McSheffrey on The Iron Player.

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