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3 September 2014

Iron midfielder Sean McAllister revealed that spirits in the United camp are sky high following back to back home victories.

Scunthorpe beat Walsall 2-1 in the league on Saturday and progressed to round two of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 win over Chesterfield as Russ Wilcox’s side begin to gather a little bit of momentum.

And speaking after the Spireites success, McAllister stated that one of the most pleasing aspects for the team was to have kept their first Glanford Park clean sheet of the season.

He told The Iron Player: “We’re pleased to have got through to the next round and it just gives us that confidence to take into the next game.

“That’s two wins on the bounce now so all the lads are feeling good about that.

“It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet because we’ve not had many this year.

“They (Chesterfield) had some decent forwards but we kept them out and we looked threating on the break because of our pace.

“We’ve conceded too many goals recently and they gave us a bit of a test but we came through it well.”

It was McAllister who set the ball rolling against Paul Cook’s side as he bagged his first competitive goal for the club to put United 1-0 up before Gary McSheffrey doubled the advantage.

The midfield man was relieved to have found the net for the first time in claret and blue but stressed that the main thing now is that the team are beginning to record a set of positive results.

“It was my first goal for the club and it’s been a long time coming,” he continued.

“Playing alongside Bish (Neal Bishop) means that I get the opportunity to get in the box more and it means that I’ve got a bit more freedom to make a run forward so it was pleasing that I could get in the area and score the goal.

“But in the second half, we already had that two goal lead so we had to be intelligent about our play and make sure we were solid.

“Russ could have made changes to the side but he wanted to keep that continuity throughout the team and I think everyone is beginning to click quite well now which I think you can see in our performances and results.”

The next port of call for Scunthorpe is an away trip down to Bristol City this weekend.

McAllister has highlighted the importance of building on the positives gained from the last couple of performances and hopes the side can keep the good results coming.

He added: “We’ve scored four goals in the last two games and only conceded the one so hopefully now we can take that into the Bristol City game on Saturday.

“We know it’s going to be a tough test because they’re one of the favourites in the league.

“Hopefully we can go there, take the confidence from the last two games and the last three performances and get some points.

“We know we’ve got good players in the team, we can score goals, we can keep clean sheets at the back and we know we’re more than capable of taking points off teams.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, and others, on The Iron Player.

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