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13 February 2015

Iron loanee Liam O’Neil believes Scunthorpe need to play their game as they come up against promotion hopefuls Swindon Town on Saturday.

Following the 1-1 draw with Coventry, O’Neil said the players need to prove themselves after the conceding a last minute goal.

The draw did extend the unbeaten away run in the league to nine games, something the players will take into the next few games.

O’Neil told The Iron Player: “Obviously all the boys were bitterly disappointed with the result on Tuesday, to throw away the three points.

“We thought we would put it right following the result against Oldham, but we approach the game with Swindon still confident. We are still on a really good run and hopefully we can get the three points."

He continued: “We still keep the run, but the boys are still disappointed that we didn’t get the three points that we needed. We should be picking the three points up against Coventry.

“It is what it is. All the top teams, such as Chelsea, Real Madrid, they all drop points now and then. It is how we go out there, and prove ourselves and change it now.”

O’Neil has played for the Iron on a regular basis in recent weeks and he is pleased with the amount of game time is getting with Scunthorpe.

“It is what I came here for,” O’Neil said.

“The gaffer said to come here and play my football. That is what I have been doing and hopefully I have been performing and doing what he wants me to do.”

Looking ahead to the match with Swindon, O’Neil is expecting a tough game, but is confident the Iron can pick up three points.

Scunthorpe have put in good performances against the top sides such as Bristol City and MK Dons in recent weeks and the West Brom loanee believes the side can put in another good performance against The Robins.

O’Neil said: “It is going to be different compared to Oldham who were very direct. Swindon like to play it from the back like academy football which I have been brought up through. Hopefully we can get in their faces, stop them playing and play our football to get the three points.

“When we play against the teams who are at the top and play football. We always up our game and I think we will against Swindon as well."

He continued: “Firstly we need to stop them play and win the ball. Once we’ve done that we can play our game and be effective with it. Get goals and make chances.

“We are going to need every player on the pitch, keep concentration and not concede any poor goals, because we have recently.

“We have conceded goals we shouldn’t have and dropped points we shouldn’t have dropped. We need the fans behind us, they have been great so far and we need them again.”

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