New arrival Liam O’Neil says he saw enough from his new team-mates on Saturday to know they are better than the current Sky Bet League One standings show.After arriving from West Brom on an initial one-month loan deal, the 21-year-old played the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw at Crawley’s Checkatrade.com Stadium.
Although late goals denied the Iron a win, the midfielder is keen to look at the positives.
“It’s a point gained,” O’Neil told The Iron Player.
“We were obviously disappointed to throw away a two-goal lead but it’s three games unbeaten and hopefully we can keep building on it.
“It felt like a loss because we played so well for 70-75 minutes and we didn’t kill the game or control it enough and they went direct.
“Taking a point away is always good but in the game and situation we were in, we’d have liked all three (points).”
The Iron are now five matches without loss on the road in all competitions and O’Neil is keen to see United add to that, starting this weekend.
“It’s definitely a good thing we’re five games unbeaten away from home and I hope we can keep on building on it on Saturday now," he stated.
“The boys seems confident and hopefully we can.”
O’Neil’s debut came alongside Neal Bishop in central midfield and, while he enjoyed his first appearance in an Iron shirt, he feels he has more to offer.
“It was good, nice to be out there,” he reflected.
“I think there’s things I could do a lot better and I can help the team more and hopefully we can get another win and keep improving.
“I’ve settled in really well. The lads have been good, the coaching staff have too and I’m trying to make the most of my time here.”
United announced the signing of full-back Richard Brindley on Tuesday lunchtime and O’Neil admitted he is a player he has come up against in the past.
“I used to play against him in our youth team days, he was at Norwich so I kind of know him, but not personally,” he said.
“He’s a Championship player and played a few games, so it’s always good to get another person like that in.”
Next up for O’Neil and Robins’ men is an away trip to Barnsley, who lost last weekend at Chesterfield.
“It will be a tough game, they’re a good footballing side,” the Baggies academy product added.
“Hopefully we can pass the ball and play our game like we have done. We’re confident we can go into it and get the three points and a result we need.”
The Iron return to Glanford Park, after a month of away fixtures, next weekend in the FA Cup, when Worcester are the visitors, and O’Neil is unsure whether he will be given permission by parent club West Brom to play in the second round tie:
“I’m not sure about that just yet, the clubs have still got to speak together to discuss the matter.”
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