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14 April 2015

Iron defender Niall Canavan has called on his teammates to be clinical as they look to secure League One survival.

United host Port Vale on Tuesday and have the opportunity to make it successive wins, after the 2-1 victory over Crawley on Saturday, although Canavan felt United could have been a lot more comfortable.

The defender returned to the side after missing the trip to MK Dons, and he felt that it was a fairly comfortable afternoon for Mark Robins’ side.

Canavan told The Iron Player: “I thought we were good. I don't really think they had too much of a threat as we nullified most of what they were doing.

“Apart from things which were our own doing, like giving them a couple of chances, I don't think they had much in the game.

“It's just a shame we didn't go three or four ahead and really put the game to bed when we could've done. The more clinical we can be, the better it will be, and hopefully it will put us out of sight.

“On Saturday, they got one little chance and nicked one and I'm sure people's nerves were jangling a bit.”

Canavan also felt that the decision to not play last Tuesday was a good one and was pleased to be back out playing and also in full health.

He said: “I just wasn't right. Sometimes you can never really tell until you go out and have a real go at it, and that's what I did, but my body just told me it was a bit too soon.

“It was good to be back out there Saturday though. I was disappointed not to play on Tuesday, but I think health wise it was the right decision.”

The defender played a key role on his return to the side, assisting the second goal for Paddy Madden, with a typically brave flick-on.

Canavan has been pleased with the impact he has had further up the pitch, but was also keen to see the Iron keep a few more clean sheets to guarantee survival, and felt the squad were confident.

He said: “It's always something I've enjoyed doing, and some managers put more of an emphasis on that than others, but we see it as a strength we have. We're getting the benefits of it at the minute.

“You always want to keep a clean sheet and everyone always talks about it when you start the game.

“It's a good platform to build on and we've been unfortunate at times this season. If we can keep a couple more, I'm sure that will do the job for us.

“The way the league is going all we can do is look to the next game and look to get three points again. There's nothing we can do about others, as the gaffer said after the game, it's in our hands.

“The boys are confident and we've got a good home record of late. We've got some crucial ones here at home and we will be looking to take full advantage of that.”

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