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DANIELS UNDER NO ILLUSIONS

13 February 2015

Iron goalkeeper Luke Daniels believes that the club have already shown that they can compete with the top sides in the league and is hoping that continues against Swindon Town on Saturday.

The former West Brom man made his United debut in the 1-1 draw against third placed MK Dons last month and told The Iron Player that even though United didn’t win that game, the performance can be somewhat of a benchmark ahead of the visit of the Robins.

He said: "It was disappointing not to win that game against MK Dons because I felt that it was a game that we edged and should’ve got three points from in the end.

"Saturday will be a difficult game, we’re under no illusions that it’ll be a really tough for us and we’re going to have to be at our best to beat one the best sides in the division.

"But we know how good we are and know that we’re more than capable of dealing with anyone that comes here.
 
"It’s just up to us to make sure we’re at it and if we are then we’ll give them a good game, I’m sure."

The 27-year-old has impressed in his four games so far and is already feeling comfortable in his new surroundings after signing a two and a half year deal at the club last month.

"I’ve settled in really well, the lads have been good," said Daniels.

"It’s been good to get the games in because they’ve been coming think and fast now, so it’s been a good few weeks really.

"It’s nice to be playing regularly too, I’ve done it a few times before when I’ve been on loan and things like that so it isn’t the first time but it is always good.’’

The stopper signed at the same time as fellow goalkeeper Joe Anyon, after injuries to Sam Slocombe and James Severn forced manager Mark Robins to bring in a new pair of goalkeepers. 

Daniels feels that he is getting on well with Anyon and goalkeeping coach Paul Musselwhite in the short amount of training they’ve had together so far.

"I’m getting on really well with them; I didn’t know Mussy (Musselwhite) before I came here but I’m enjoying working with him and Joe.

"I’ve known of Joe after playing against him over the years and things like that so it’s good to be working with the both of them."

He explained how he has been impressed with the squad that the Iron have since his arrival and feels that there is more to come from the side in the near future.

He stated: "It’s a great group of lads here, they all work and are we all seem like we’re heading in the right direction.

"We might have slipped up late on in a couple of games recently but we’re hopefully going to address that and change it."

United are looking to bounce back at the weekend after a last minute equaliser from Coventry City on Tuesday night saw the side come away with only a point, and Daniels concedes that it was a very frustrating ending to the game for the Iron.

"It felt like a defeat," said Daniels.

"When you’re that close to three points, conceding a goal that was avoidable was really disappointing and the whole dressing room felt like that afterwards.

"Obviously, it was annoying as a keeper because all keepers want to keep clean sheets but I think that the most frustrating thing is that we dropped two points in the last minute of the game.

"Luckily, we’ve got the game on Saturday coming up and it’s a chance to turn that disappointment around."


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