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Wallace looks to build on Oxford 'benchmark'

6 April 2018

United defender Murray Wallace says his side are ready for the battle at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

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7 April 2018

The Iron dropped out of the play-off positions due to other results after their game against Plymouth Argyle was postponed on Easter Monday. 

However, a win this weekend could see them bounce straight back into those coveted positons and the 25-year-old has previewed the match with iFollow Iron.

Wallace discussed the upcoming fixture, the Iron’s last result against Oxford United and the postponed Plymouth game in an interview with iFollow Iron

ON WHETHER THE IRON’S NEW LEAGUE POSITION APPLIES PRESSURE TO THE TEAMS ABOVE THEM...
MW: You would like to think so. Chasing the play-offs might be a better position for us to be in (at this stage). It might kick us into gear a little because results haven’t been great recently.

ON BEING IN A POSITION WHERE THE PLAYERS CAN COMPETE FOR SOMETHING AT THE END OF THE SEASON…
MW: Results have gone against us and we have just dropped out of the play-offs but we are still in with a shout. When you think of teams floating around the middle or towards the bottom, you would much rather be challenging for promotion. Otherwise, what is the point in playing a full season to finish mid-table? It doesn’t really accomplish much. 

ON IF THE WEATHER HAS HAD AN EFFECT ON PREPARATIONS THIS WEEK…
MW: No, we have been training hard. It doesn’t change anything because we see every game as one that we want to win, so we prepare with that mentality. 

ON THE IRON’S 1-1 DRAW AT OXFORD UNITED LAST FRIDAY…
MW: I thought we played really well. In the first-half, we moved the ball about very well and we were on top of them. I thought we had a couple more chances that we probably should have taken. In the second-half, I wouldn’t say that we came off the gas but Oxford just came into the game a little more and put us under a bit more pressure. However, I thought that we stood up to it. I don’t think that the penalty given should have been a penalty and I don’t think that they had much else other than that. Obviously, it’s just the way that things are at the minute as we don’t seem to be getting any luck. You get it throughout the season. Some days that penalty will be given and some days it won’t. Unfortunately for us it was given. However, that is football and we are all used to it. I thought that we had done enough to win the game so we were disappointed not to take the extra two points. 

ON FACING AFC WIMBLEDON…
MW: We experienced coming up against a team fighting for their life at the bottom of the table when we faced Rochdale. You don’t know what you are going to get. It might be a scrappy game but it will definitely be tough. 

ON THE IRON’S FIRST-HALF PERFORMANCE AGAINST OXFORD…
MW: It is the benchmark for every game. We tried to play good football as much as we could. Over the winter period it becomes tricky because the pitches get quite badly worn. Obviously, the (Plymouth) game was called off on Monday because of the weather. Oxford had a good surface for us to play on and we played well. 

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