Iron defender David Mirfin was delighted to see the team progress through to the second round of this year's FA Cup on Saturday.Paddy Madden’s double was enough to secure a 2-1 victory over Southend United at Glanford Park.
Mirfin admitted that he was relieved to get the job done on the day, rather than the prospect of a long trip to Southend for a replay.
He told The Iron PlayerHD: “The main aim was getting into the second round, and it’s nice to do it without having to go away to Southend in a replay.
"In terms of that and what we set out to do it’s been a case of job done, and now it’s about moving on to the league next week.
"We’re obviously delighted with the result. In the first half a lot of credit has to go to Southend with how they set up and started the game.”
After a slow start to the match, United took the lead, before a superb leveller from Ryan Leonard. Mirfin says the team set out differently in the second half, and that’s what helped to eventually see off Southend.
“We were a little bit disappointed in how long it took us to get into the game, but I think in the second half we defended a little bit higher and won more first and second balls," he added.
“I think that’s probably been one of the main reasons why we’ve been doing so well in the last four or five weeks, and I think that’s shown in the second half.”
The win made it six wins out of seven in all competitions, and Mirfin told us the confidence in the squad was brimming.
He added: “I think there’s a quiet confidence there at the moment. It’s not arrogance, it’s not us going into games thinking this is going to be easy – it’s just when you’ve got someone like Paddy in the team you know a half chance can turn into a goal, and he’s shown that today.
“I think we’ve become more solid as a unit, not only as a back four and Luke – but the lads in front of us as well.”
The centre back was awarded the man of the match award for his superb performance, but admits he owes his teammates for the accolade.
“It’s always nice to get a personal accolade, but it is about the team. I couldn’t do my job if the lads around me aren’t doing theirs, and vice versa.”
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