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15 January 2016

Iron goalkeeper Luke Daniels is looking for his side to turn the positive performance at Stamford Bridge into points at Blackpool this weekend.

The 28-year-old was pleased with the way the team stood up to the challenge of the Premier League champions, but admitted those kind of performances have to be transferred back to the league for the second half of the season.

“It was a great game to play in on Sunday (against Chelsea),” he told The Iron PlayerHD.

“We gave a good account of ourselves, but now the most important thing is to focus our attentions back to the league and Blackpool, which is our next game.

“Games like that are great to play in, but the league is the most important thing and we have to get the results to get up the table in the second half of the season. We were really disappointed with the result when they came here and we’re under no illusions that it will be a difficult game.

“We feel we’re more than capable of going there and getting points on the board. I think we are a better side than when we played them last time and it’s important we show that in the game. We need to start picking up points.”

United are currently on a run of four away league games without defeat and are unbeaten in their last three league games – something the Iron shotstopper is keen to build on in the early stages of the second half of the season.

“Half of our games are away from home, so we have to pick up points on our travels,” he continued.

“We need to go there with a mindset to pick up three points and then come back with them. It would be great to go there and get the points as it will be the continuation of a decent run of picking points up.

“We’re four unbeaten on the road at the minute and to pick up a couple more wins along the way (while continuing the run) would be great.

“We need to build on what we’ve achieved already. It’s been quite up and down for the first half of the season, but I think we’ve done better at the back in recent weeks. Murray (Wallace) has come in and is a great signing and it’s great that we’ve managed to do that.

“We just need to kick on really. A lot of games, we’ve not been far off it and we’ve just ended up getting beaten or been held to a draw. If we can get the extra five or ten percent, we will really kick on.”

Daniels’ recent performances have produced points-winning saves and man of the match accolades both home and away, something he is hoping to continue, while accruing more points on the board.

“The most important thing is, as a team, we are picking up points,” he added.

“It’s been fine personally, but we need to start winning more games.”

See much more from Luke Daniels, David Mirfin and Mark Robins on The Iron PlayerHD.

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