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MIRFIN ON HIS RETURN TO ACTION

12 February 2017

One plus point from Saturday was the return to action of Iron defender David Mirfin.

United are back in action at Glanford Park on Tuesday as they look to bounce back from the 1-0 home loss to Shrewsbury. We welcome Walsall, who also suffered defeat on Saturday.

Mirfin stated that to be back in league action so quickly after the weekend represents a great chance to put things right.

“If you ask any of the lads now, they’d say it’s the perfect scenario (that we are back in action on Tuesday),” he said.

“To get the last two results put away and at the back of our minds is what we want, and it’s in our hands to correct it.”

Having suffered a foot injury at Coventry in November, Mirfin’s return has been a long time coming.

Nevertheless, he was pleased to get through the 90 minutes with only a little fatigue to complain about.

He said: “It’s been a long time, it’s been frustrating for me, but that’s part of football. It was an unusual injury, where there was nothing you could do for it.

“There were no operations or injections, it’s literally a case of time being a healer. I’ve kept my head down, worked hard in the gym, and knew I was going to get a chance. Hopefully I’ve taken that.”

The defender also had praise for Charlie Goode, who slotted in at centre-back in his absence. Mirfin believes the competition for places in the back four can only be a positive from now until the end of the season.

“I’ve got to say, Charlie (Goode) has been brilliant. He’s disappointed that he hasn’t played today, but I think it’s good that we’ve got that competition,” he said.

“As a group of three centre-halves we support each other, and we’re going to need that for the rest of the season.”

Mirfin wasn’t the only returning player, as Paddy Madden came off the bench in the second half to make his first appearance since we played Peterborough United on January 2.

The defender believes the Irishman has a big part to play in aiding the Iron’s ambitions of promotion from League One.

“Everyone knows Paddy’s game. Defenders struggle to deal with him when he’s on top of it,” Mirfin said.

“He gave us a lift and, with Craig (Davies) coming on a little later on, it gave Paddy someone to play off. He’s definitely someone we’re going to rely on between now and the end of the season.”

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