As Glanford Park prepares to play host to league football for the first time in the 2018-19 season, goalkeeper Rory Watson is excited about the prospect of earning a 50th career start in front of the Iron supporters.
United got the new season underway by coming from behind to beat Coventry 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena last weekend and Watson told iFollow Iron: “It was a brilliant result away from home.”
He went on to say: “It’s also my first win for Scunthorpe in the league so we’re just buzzing to get over the line eventually to get the win. They had a number of corners, about five of them coming into our area during the last five minutes as well. The lads showed great spirit and it’s a great start.”
The 22-year-old made some vital saves towards the end of the game and contributed to earning all three points and ensure a winning start to the new campaign.
He said: “It’s my job, that’s what I’m paid to do. I don’t have to think about them too much. The strikers are paid to score the goals and I’m paid to stop them. If it’s there to be saved, hopefully I’ll be there to keep them out.”
It’s not always an easy transition to first team football but Watson has settled into life well and hopes to continue to impress this season following his appearances last term.
He said: “It’s been fine. It’s a little bit different to what I’ve been used to, but I had a taste of it last year. I’m just buzzing to get as many games under my belt as I can and will just go from there really.”
With a full pre-season schedule completed ahead of the curtain raiser last weekend, the goalkeeper feels like he is in good shape and said: “I feel strong and fit. I got some good games under my belt as well, so it was decent overall.”
Looking ahead to Saturday when Scunthorpe play host to Walsall, Watson expects a tough test from a side who will also be confident after winning their opener last weekend.
When previewing the fixture, he said: “It’s going to be a tough game, but every match is difficult in this league. Anyone can beat anyone, but I feel like we’ve got a good chance of winning it and we’ve got to go into it thinking we can get the victory.
“We’re at home in front of the fans and they’ll be expecting a win, so I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get back out there.”
Following on, he added: “The supporters are very supportive, and I just can’t wait to show them what I’m about this year and put my stamp on things.”
As touched on earlier, Watson is poised for his 50th career start this weekend. It’s a special milestone for any player and even more so at the just the tender age of 22.
He said: “It’s an awesome thing to have under the belt and I just want many more really. 400/500 and that’ll do me but 50 is good for a goalkeeper at my age so I’ll try and keep going as much as I can.”
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