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BIG WEEK AHEAD

21 March 2016

Iron midfielder Jim O’Brien feels to only take a point from the game against Chesterfield was a little frustrating, but at the same time insisted United must take the positives out of the match.

O’Brien played an instrumental part in Paddy Madden’s opener, threading the ball through for the Irishman to finish, and the Coventry City loanee says it was disappointing to kick on from there.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “It’s a bit disappointing really. I think we were dominant in the first half and then in the second it got a bit scrappy. They came back into it and I think it’s because we let them back into it, so it’s a little disappointing from that view.

“I think we maybe came off it a little, because we were so dominant in the first half and they came at us a bit in the second period.

“Because we work so hard and we are a pressing team, it’s difficult to do that for ninety minutes and that’s why we maybe came off the pace in a second half, with a little mental fatigue too.

“They’re a good side, plus they work really hard and they caused us a few problems in the second half. They were always going to have a spell of ten or fifteen minutes and it’s just how you see that out.

“But it’s another point and we’re still in the mix, so we’ve got to take the positives out of the game.”

The Scotsman has been ever-present in Nick Daws’ selection since joining on loan, something which he’s elated with.

“I’m just enjoying playing my football again. I’m getting to know players everyday, what they’re looking for and they know the way I’m playing,” he said.

“It’s really good, I’m really enjoying it. The lads are spot on, they’ve made me feel really welcome and whilst it’s a relaxed atmosphere in the changing room, they work really hard as well.”

The draw with the Spireites leaves O’Brien and his team-mates six points of the League One play-off places going into the two Easter fixtures against Barnsley and Swindon respectively and the 29-year-old believes both matches are vital.

“It’s going to be tough and I think we might need to use the whole squad. But we’ve got a good squad here and if you looked at the bench it was really strong,” he stated.

“So it might be a case of using the squad and have everyone involved. It’s a big week next week and if we can get something out of the two games, it’s sets us up for a nice run in.”

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