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A GAME OF TWO HALVES

22 February 2016

David Mirfin was left ruing a “cliché” tale of two halves after Scunthorpe went down 2-1 at Fleetwood Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Iron found themselves 2-0 down at the break, after goals from Ashley Hunter and former-Iron Bobby Grant.

However, United upped their game somewhat in the second half, scoring a penalty through Paddy Madden to halve the deficit, and were unlucky not to emerge from Highbury with a point.

“I think it was a game of two halves,” the centre-back told The Iron PlayerHD

“Obviously that’s a bit of a cliché, but I think first-half, credit has to go to Fleetwood. 

“We kicked ourselves in the foot a bit, though, with a few sloppy passes and our build-up play. 

“It’s taken us until half time to come in, sit down, and get a hold of things. 

“But, second-half, as I say, I think we were the dominant team”. 

The Yorkshireman admitted that, despite their relatively lowly league position, the Iron knew they were in for a game from Fleetwood. He also dismissed suggestions that United might’ve been caught off guard by their high-tempo, attacking start. 

“Since Monday, Nick and Andy have both said that Fleetwood are a good team,” he stated. 

“They’ve said they’re in a false position. 

“We knew they weren’t going to be a pushover, and we weren’t surprised by how they started.” 

Mirfin did admit that he was expecting United to equalise having scored the penalty, however. After Madden converted, the Iron pushed forward in the latter stages, and looked capable of grabbing a second goal as the home side became nervy. 

“After the game, we’ve all come in and said we were waiting for the second goal to go in,” he reflected. 

“But they’ve defended well.”

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