Murray Wallace was devastated on Sunday night, as the Iron’s League One promotion bid came to a halt at the hands of Millwall, who will go on to face Bradford at Wembley.
Having drawn 0-0 in the first leg, there was plenty of optimism amongst the fans and players at the club going into the home tie.
Ivan Toney had given United a deserved lead, before Steve Morison scored on the verge of half-time to level things up. Lee Gregory and Morison scored to make it 3-1 after the break, before Stephen Dawson’s goal set up an exciting finale. Sadly, despite going close, the Iron couldn’t find that all-important equaliser.
“We had a lot of confidence coming into this leg,” Wallace told The Iron PlayerHD.
“Especially after we scored the first goal. There was a real belief, so it’s obviously devastating to not go on and win the game.”
Another full game meant Wallace has played every match the first team have played in this season, a proud personal feat for the Scotsman.
“It’s nice to play every minute of every game. I was hoping to go one more, but it wasn’t meant to be," he said.
“Hopefully next season we do better, and then we might not be facing this situation, and we can go up automatically.”
The centre-back was keen to stress that the players will be keen to get back into training after a short break, and will be ready to go one step further next year.
“There are going to be a few players in the squad changing, but the core of the group will use this experience to come back stronger," he stated.
“We will work even harder, and hopefully we can improve on this season.”
Wallace finished the interview with plenty of praise for the Iron faithful, who turned out in their numbers to cheer on the team at Glanford Park.
“I’ve loved every minute. Today was amazing with all the fans that came, and the atmosphere was incredible," Wallace concluded.
“I suppose it was a nice way to end the season in that sense, but obviously I’m devastated at the minute.”
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