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LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK AT OLDHAM

23 September 2014

Sean McAllister believes that the most frustrating thing about Saturday’s defeat to Leyton Orient is that it is a game that the Iron should have been looking to gets points from.

However, he has vowed his side will be looking to bounce back at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Goals from Scott Cuthbert and Jobi McAnuff saw Orient run out 2-1 winners and speaking after the game, the midfielder said that it was a frustrating day at the office for the team.

"Obviously everyone’s frustrated and disappointed with the way it’s gone," he told The Iron Player.

"After a good result on Tuesday, you’re think you’re gonna come out positive, try and get a good result and then two minutes in, you concede.

"I actually thought that before that, we were on the front foot but we give a pass away, they get a corner and it’s a goal and just at the moment, it’s seems too easy for teams to score against us

"When we’re getting goals, we seem to have to string a good few passes together as you’ve seen today, where it was a good cross, a good cutback and then a great finish by Spadge (Matt Sparrow).

"They’re the goals that we seem to have to score, whereas other teams seem to get little scrappy ones that are simple and it’s something that we have."

Asked if he believed that Orient were the deserved winners on the day, the midfielder said that while you can’t argue with their victory, he felt the Iron could’ve done better. 

"They deserved the win because they won the game but if you ask me who I thought was the better team out of them or Coventry, I’d say Coventry," he said.

"They’re very direct in their play; they play it to Henderson and try and get the bits off him.

"They got two goals from crosses and that’s what they look for so fair play to them for the way they went about it but I do feel we had our hand in their goals really, we should’ve done a lot better.

"At times, I mean it is effective, we’ve seen many a team do that in League Two last year so we feel like we should probably deal with it better but when we get the equaliser, I’m thinking that we’re on the front foot, we can go on and win the game and two minutes later again, we shoot ourselves in the foot and it can’t continue to happen really."

The defeat put a halt to a run at Glanford Park that had seen United win three games in a row in all competitions and that is something else that McAllister concedes made it such a frustrating afternoon.

He said: "They were level on points with us before the start of play, you looked at it beforehand with us at home and would say we should definitely be getting points from it and I think the way we felt that way on the pitch too.

"Particularly after that equaliser, you think there’s only one team that’s gonna go on and win it but again as I say, we shoot ourselves in the foot too many times.’’

"We want to try and make this a hard game to place to come to and get a result and you think you’ve turned a corner and it is so disappointing and frustrating because it is a game where we should be taking points from but now we’ve got the away game at Oldham and we need to come away with points from that now."

The 27-year-old believes that while the Iron’s next game at Oldham will be a different test, a win has to be the target after Saturday’s result. 

"I’m sure they’ll come with a different approach, they like to play their football with the ball down so it’ll be slightly different to the way Leyton Orient play but let’s say we’ve gotta try and stamp our game on them and really get on the front foot," he said.

"The most important thing is that we win because a win at the moment can jump you up the table quite a bit as we’ve seen today so yeah, trying to get the three points is the main thing."

See much more from Sean McAllister, and others, on The Iron Player.

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