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ALL ATTENTION ON VALE CLASH

27 January 2017

Scunthorpe defender Murray Wallace admits it was frustrating to see last weekend’s game with Charlton Athletic postponed, but stated all attention is now on the visit of Port Vale.

Wallace says the cancellation has allowed he and the squad to recuperate further, ready for what he expects will be another tough test on Saturday.

Giving his thoughts to The Iron PlayerHD, Wallace said: “We were a bit disappointed about the Charlton game being called off, because we were getting back to the way we were playing, and getting some good results.

“However, it’s another week of rest I suppose, and we’re looking forward to the game this weekend.

“It’s not ideal, but it has allowed us to train harder this week.”

The Scot reflected on the reverse fixture at Vale Park back in August, where Saturday’s opponents ran out 3-1 victors.

However, he stated that result has been put to bed now, and declared the focus is only on what lies in wait at Glanford Park on Friday.

“We found it really tough even before they got the man sent off (in the game with Port Vale earlier on in the campaign), and we’re looking to try and put things right,” he insisted.

“It’ll maybe be a little different in terms of tactics, but it’s predominantly the same squad of players, and we need to compete.”

The extra rest period has allowed for several first team players to step up their returns from their respective injuries - a major positive in Wallace’s eyes.

“It’s another week for the players coming back from injury to get fitness,” Wallace explained.

“We have the likes of Jamie Ness, David Mirfin and Conor Townsend as well, who are all coming back.

“It is nice that we have got people coming back from injury, because we do have a really strong squad.”

Analysing things as a whole, the Scot was keen not to look too far into the future - given the amount of games which are still left to be played.

He highlighted the importance of taking care of your own business, and then seeing where that leaves you come the end of the season.

“Teams, like ourselves, have dropped points over the past month or so. It’s going to happen, teams will have their ups and downs, but they’ll come back strong,” stated Wallace.

“We do have a couple of games in hand, and I fancy us to make the most of them.”

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