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TAKE LEAGUE FORM INTO THE CUP

4 November 2016

United defender David Mirfin believes Saturday’s first round Emirates FA Cup encounter with Charlton Athletic at the Valley will be a tough battle.

Mirfin says the squad won’t approach the game any differently, with the chance to maintain the great opening to the campaign.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Mirfin said: “The manager wants us to take our form from the league into the cup, it’s almost no different. You need to keep that winning mentality regardless of what competition you’re playing in, and that keeps the momentum for the run of games we’ve got coming up.

“We’ve got to overcome a good Charlton team to get into the second round, and then nothing is guaranteed to get into the third round. We’re going to take it a game at a time, and that starts with Saturday’s game.

“It’s another game where we’ve got to keep that foot on the pedal, where we go into the game giving everything we can.

“It showed how organised they can be, and if you look at the players they’ve got on paper, they’ve got really good individuals, and they’ve got the top scorer from the league last year.

“We know it’s going to be really tough, and that’s what the preparation has been down to this week leading up to the game.”

The 31-year-old revealed there’s a real buoyancy within the dressing room at the moment, something which will only benefit the Iron heading into the match.

“We’ve had a few lads come back into training this week, and we got a great result on Saturday, so it’s a confident camp at the moment,” Mirfin stated.

“With the lads we’ve got coming back, we know that there’s even more competition than there has been.”

Plenty of Scunthorpe supporters are expected to travel down and get behind the team on Saturday, and Mirfin couldn’t praise the fans highly enough.

“It’s been a massive plus and a massive bonus for us as players getting the support we’ve had,” he explained.

“If you look at Chesterfield for example, it makes a big difference. If you also take into account that the fans are paying out of their pocket to come all the way down to London to support us, we don’t want to let them down.”

See much more from David Mirfin, Graham Alexander and Stephen Dawson on The Iron PlayerHD.

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