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McArdle: Good to get back out there

16 August 2018

Captain Rory McArdle played his first game of the season on Tuesday night when Doncaster visited Glanford Park in the Carabao Cup.

The Iron lost 2-1, but McArdle was happy to be back on the pitch after missing the opening two games through suspension and injury. 

He told iFollow Iron: “It was good to be back out there and get some minutes under my belt, but the result is disappointing and it always is when you get beat in football matches. 

“It was a tough game because they are a good side and kept the ball well, causing us a few problems. 

“It is something that we can look back on, reflect on and learn from.” 

The 31-year-old also admitted he felt fine after completing 90 minutes of football: “It is always tough to try and judge how it is going to be when it is your first game back, but I try to do as much as possible off the pitch to keep my fitness up.” 

In the defeat, goalkeeper Rory Watson made a smart penalty stop towards the end of the match and his skipper was full of praise. 

McArdle said: “Rory’s penalty save was great. It was a good penalty and struck in the corner and credit to Rory because he has got down and got a strong hand on it to keep it out.” 

The attention now turns back to Sky Bet League One action when the Iron make the trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland. 

Ahead of the match, McArdle said: “It is going to be a good game and I am sure a majority of the fans were looking out for that one when the fixtures were released. 

“Everyone knows they are a big club, but it is important that no-one goes there and gets overruled by that. There is no reason why we can’t go there and put on a good performance.” 

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