Iron defender David Mirfin was happy with the way the team applied themselves in Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers
In doing so, the club secured their first league double over their local rivals for the first time since the 1991/92 season.
Tom Hopper tapped home from Conor Townsend’s cross in the early stages of the game, before Mirfin headed home following a superb corner for Jim O’Brien in the second half.
“The game at their place was more of a tough one,” he told The Iron PlayerHD.
“I was a little surprised by how flat they were, but that was probably down to the run they’re on.
“They have quality players, but I think the result was down to how we set about it and how we played, because we kept them quiet and in the end we got a good result.”
The result meant United secured their third consecutive clean sheet, but Mirfin was keen to praise the whole team, rather than have the focus of the run be on the defence.
“I’ve said it before that we wouldn’t be able to do our job without the lads in front of us. You look at the stats after games and see the distance covered by Hops (Tom Hopper) and Paddy (Madden) and the midfield four and it almost makes our job easy.
“I think the hardest thing for us is keeping our concentration, as we have so much of the ball and we were in the opposition’s half so much, so it’s easy to switch off.
“That’s where Andy Dawson comes in, because he’s constantly at us to be on at each other when that happens,” he mentioned.
GOAL: The Iron celebrate doubling their advantage at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, with David Mirfin heading in from a Jim O'Brien cross.
Mirfin’s goal came at a great period in the second half, all but sealing the three points for the Iron, with the visitors still yet to create a clear-cut chance. The 30-year-old spoke of the need to convert chances from set pieces more often.
“It was probably one of the easiest headers I’ll ever score," he stated.
"We touched on it in training that when we get set pieces that because of the quality we’ve got coming in from Jamie Ness, Jim O’Brien and Gary McSheffrey - really it’s up to us to be on the end of it and scoring more goals.
“We went through a period of five minutes on Saturday where we had four or five corners, and it’s up to us to get on the end of these balls.”
The defender hopes that the good run of form the club are in can continue from now until the end of the season, with the play-offs not too far from United’s grasp.
“It’s been a mental thing rather than a physical thing these last few games. We’ve been mentally switched on when teams break on us, and that’s been good.
“I’m obviously happy, as defenders always want clean sheets – but at this stage of the season it’s abut picking up the three points.
“It’s been a little frustrating that it has taken so long for it all to click, but all we can do is keep this momentum and consistency going."
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