Sean McAllister was disappointed to see the Iron exit the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the first time of asking at the hands of Barnsley.Lewin Nyatanga opened the scoring for the Tykes in the second half before teammate Marley Watkins added a second.
Charlie Goode scored late on for the Iron to reduce the deficit, but it was too late to start a revival.
McAllister says there is still plenty for the team to work on before Saturday’s match with Blackpool.
“It was a disappointing defeat. We wanted to put on a performance in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but it wasn’t to be,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.
“We weren’t a million miles away, and we still have plenty to work on. We need to be more ruthless in the attacking third.
“Another side of things are the weak goals we’ve conceded. The set piece was disappointing, albeit we were a man down at the time – (Jack) Kingy is someone we need at set pieces.
“We’ve got to look forward to the Blackpool tie now. The league is where we want to do well, so we have a chance to put on a performance here and get three points.”
Despite the loss, McAllister thought the Iron played some good stuff at times during the match, but believes the team need to be more ruthless going forward.
“We play some good stuff at times, but then some decisions cost us. It’s cutting out those poor decisions when we have the ball,” he continued.
“At times out there we got into that final third and made wrong decisions. Whether it be an extra pass out wide, and even sometimes we got into great areas and the crosses went into the stands.
“Every player is capable of sticking the ball in the right area, so it’s massively frustrating.”
McAllister believes Saturday throws up the perfect opportunity to get some much needed momentum rolling in the Iron’s favour.
“We’ve got to start getting the wins," he said. "That’s what I’m here to do, to win football matches, and hopefully we have a good chance on Saturday.
“Blackpool took a heavy defeat at the weekend so they are going to be up for it like Colchester were. We’ve got to get on top of the game and get some points on the board.
“We’ve got full belief in this squad and what we can achieve this year. Yeah, it’s been a slow start, but there’s a lot of new faces and sometimes it takes a while to click, but I fully believe that once it does we will be a force to be reckoned with.”
Having been out of favour for most of last season, McAllister is relishing his chance this year. He hopes to keep his place in the squad on the back of his tireless performances.
“It’s not something I expected at the start of the season," he said.
"If you do well you generally expect to keep your place in the team, and it’s been nice to get out there again.”
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