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McArdle: We never gave ourselves a chance

3 December 2017

Captain Rory McArdle was left disappointed after the Iron crashed out of the FA Cup when they lost 3-0 to Doncaster Rovers.

The central defender says his side never got going and didn’t give themselves a chance to get something from the match.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, McArdle reviewed the performance, mentioned how United can bounce back and also praised the travelling supporters.

ON THE DEFEAT…
RM: It’s disappointing and the result sort of speaks for itself. In the first half, we never gave ourselves a chance. We had a couple of half chances in the game, but from a team performance it’s not what we’re about. We never really got started and never got a foothold in the game. When you start games like that, it’s hard to get back to the levels of what is expected. We started the second half a lot better – we were a lot higher up the pitch, we played a lot more football in their half, but the second goal has taken the sting out of the game.

ON THE PERFORMANCE…
RM: We didn’t give ourselves a chance from kick-off. We never really got up the pitch and gave the boys in front of the back four a chance to win the first and second balls. I think we were our own downfall today. It’s something that we need to look at and work out why that happened.

ON DUANE HOLMES’ STRIKE BEING CLEARED OFF THE LINE…
RM: A goal at anytime can give you that lift, but that chance probably came against the run of play. Equally, if it does go in, it would have given us that lift and would have got ourselves out of jail.

ON BEING KNOCKED OUT OF THE FA CUP…
RM: It’s always nice to get as far as possible in the FA Cup, but if you can take anything from today, it’s that we haven’t dropped any points. We have been on a good run and we wanted to try and carry that on today. We look to build again on Tuesday (against Leicester City Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy) and then back in the league.

ON HOW THE SIDE CAN BOUNCE BACK…
RM: We need to go back to what we’ve been doing. We know how to approach games, as we have shown over the last month. Today has showed that just because we have been on a good run and we’ve been doing well in the league, we cannot turn up and expect to get a result. We have still got to do the hard things and do the hard running. It is important we realise that and we will hopefully get back on track.

ON THE LARGE AWAY FOLLOWING…
RM: It was brilliant. I remember in the league game that it was such a good following. From the players' point of view, it is disappointing that we haven’t put a better performance in to give them something to cheer about and something to celebrate on the way home. 

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