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9 March 2015

Iron midfielder Liam O’Neil has urged his side to move on from the weekend's loss at Crewe.

Two goals in quick succession by the Alex through Greg Leigh and Marcus Haber ensured victory for the hosts.

However, O’Neil insists the only thing on the players’ minds is getting back out on the turf and letting their football do the talking.

O’Neil told The Iron Player: “It’s one of those games where we haven’t taken our chances and have been punished, but it’s just one of those things.

"The boys are disappointed in the dressing room but all we can do now is put it right on Saturday against Sheffield United.”

O’Neil believes that the team were on top from start to finish overall, but for a few minutes of madness.

He stated: “I thought we were in the game for the whole 90 minutes if I’m honest.

“They’ve obviously scored a 'worldy' strike but that’s one of those things that we needed to react to.

“However this game is gone now and it’s time to put things right; we can still take a lot of positives out of the match because we’re making chances but we’re just not taking them. 

“It’s coming down to being clinical in both boxes and working hard for the whole 90 minutes, but we’ll put it right and get the points soon.”

“It wouldn’t say there is anything they did in particular really” said O’Neil.

“Obviously they’ve taken their chances at the end of the day; I didn’t think they created much in the first half.

“In the second half they did well with the big man up front, he got into the game and helped them to play off him. You could say that was one of the reasons but again it’s in our hands, and I thought we controlled most of the game but it just wasn’t our day to be honest.”

This coming Tuesday will be the first time in five weeks that the team won’t be involved in a competitive midweek fixture, giving them a much needed break from playing.

O’Neil commented on what both a rest for himself and his team-mates will do for rejuvenation but, most importantly, what they are already planning to do for the visit of Sheffield United this weekend.

He said: “I think we just need to get those three points on the board and it’ll all sort itself out.

“It’s in our hands at the end of the day and we’ve just got to do everything right in the week and make sure we’re ready for the games on Saturday’s and Tuesday’s.

“Obviously we’ve had a long haul of games recently, and you need a little break now and again like we have this week and get ready for the big games ahead. I don’t think I necessarily need the rest but it’s good to mix it up a bit.

“We’ve got to ensure we get the result and grind out games better.”

See much more from Liam O'Neil. Conor Townsend and Mark Robins on The Iron Player.

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