As United gear up to face Shrewsbury Town in the Checkatrade Trophy at Glanford Park, captain Stephen Dawson insists there will be no mentality shift heading into the game.Dawson wants to carry on the momentum generated by the great start to the new campaign, but admits it won’t be a foregone conclusion, against what he feels is a strong Shrews side.
Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Dawson said: “Whether you’re in the cup, whether you’re in the league, you want to keep winning, and it’s not going to be easy against a Micky Mellon team.
“We found that out when we played them in the league a couple of weeks ago, it was a very hard-fought victory. They’re going to be coming here, and they’re going to be up for it, so hopefully we can keep doing what we’re doing, keep them at bay, and hopefully get a result.”
The Irishman spoke of the atmosphere which currently exists within the Scunthorpe camp and, whilst revealing there’s a buoyancy amongst the players, he says there’s not one player getting carried away.
“The lads are flying, but there’s no one getting too ahead of themselves or anything like that - it’s eleven games in,” he insisted.
“It has been a very good start, and there’s no hiding that fact, but that’s all it’s been. Obviously with the game against Shrewsbury, the league’s out the window until Saturday.
“I think it’d be disrespectful if we didn’t take Shrewsbury very seriously, as the manager won’t let us do that. It’s going to be a very tough, physical game, and hopefully we can come out on top again.”
Saturday’s win over Dawson’s former side Bury is something the skipper now wants to put to the back of his mind and move on from, a philosophy he believes has served the squad well so far.
“It was a big statement, but again it’s only three points,” he stated.
“Obviously it was great to beat one of our rivals who are doing really well, but we’ve a game against Shrewsbury coming up, so that’s in the past now. It was a good performance, everyone did really well, however we’ll now focus on the next game now.
“I loved it. I got a bit of stick, which is only natural and it’s what I enjoy as well. I’ve a lot of time for Bury, it was a club I played at for two years, and I’ve a lot of respect for them.
“I’m glad we got the three points though, because I feel not many teams will win there, but like I said we’ll look forward to Shrewsbury, which is going to be another very tough game.”
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