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NESS TAKING BELIEF INTO BLADES CLASH

17 December 2015

Iron midfielder Jamie Ness says the manner of Tuesday night's victory against Leyton Orient was pleasing, after enduring a difficult first half.

Ness believes it was crucial United upped the tempo, and when they did he always felt the squad's quality would shine through.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game. They came out and set their stall up in the first half, which made it difficult for us," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"Then in the second half we obviously moved the ball quicker and the quality shone through. We managed to get the three goals and make it comfortable in the end.

"We came out with a tempo, and they couldn’t live with us really. So it was pleasing the way we got the victory, as well as actually getting through the tie."

Ness and his team-mates can now look forward to a clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January. In spite of the exciting challenge which awaits, the Scot insists the focus must remain firmly on league matters.

"We've got four tough games before then, with obviously Sheffield United on Saturday and then Doncaster on Boxing Day," he said.

"We need to focus on the league and get ourselves higher, because we want to be in the play-off places as soon as possible."

The midfielder made his first start since September, and he revealed he felt in fine shape after completing 80 minutes against the O's.

He feels the next step now is to add consistency to his game, and try to put in a string of good displays.

"I felt really good. Obviously I got taken off for the last ten minutes, just to give me a breather," he revealed.

"But I felt fine, so I'm hoping to get a run of games now, and show some consistency, and start putting in good performances."

Sheffield United visit Glanford Park on Saturday, and it's a game which Ness states the Iron will be looking to dominate from the off.

"They're one of the bigger clubs in this league, and it's a bit of a derby. We know it'll be a physical battle, and we're looking forward to it," he stated.

"Hopefully we'll be able to play our game and dominate, and take the three points."

See much more from Jamie Ness, Mark Robins and Kyle Wootton on The Iron PlayerHD.

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