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Perch looks ahead to Bantams test

21 December 2018

With the Iron travelling to Valley Parade to take on Stuart McCall’s former side Bradford City on Saturday, midfielder James Perch is quietly confident Scunthorpe can go there and get a positive result come the final whistle.

McCall enjoyed success with the Yorkshire club in two separate stints as both a player and a manager, and Perch believes the former Bradford boss will get a decent welcome from the fans this weekend. 

However, the 33-year-old doesn’t think he will be fazed by the occasion.

Speaking to iFollow Iron about the impact of the atmosphere on the game, the versatile midfielder said: “I don’t know how they are going to react. I know Stuart McCall did well there both as a player and a manager, so I am guessing that he will get a good reception.

“However, it’s up to us to get a result and it doesn’t matter what the crowd do or say. We have to try go out there and perform, so we can come away with the three points.” 

The match on Saturday afternoon will have added significance, with Scunthorpe and Bradford battling it out to rise up the league table. 

The Iron currently sit in 20th, with the Bantams’ close behind in 22nd, and Perch thinks it’s highly important to win, especially against the teams around them. 

He added: “It’s tough, it’s always the same, in the fact that you know you have to pick up results against the teams around you in order to keep with everybody. That’s something we are looking to do this week definitely." 

Scunthorpe will be looking to get back on track following a 3-0 defeat to high-flying Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium last time out – a result which made it four without a win in all competitions for the Iron.  

However, Perch remains upbeat and says the team can take plenty of positives from that game despite the loss.

Reflecting back, the midfielder stated: “I don’t think it should have been a 3-0 scoreline. We played much better than we have been doing, so it was definitely a tough result to take."

He continued: “We know that it is going to be a difficult game at Bradford. Hopefully we can create more chances and we will be fine.”

He went on to say: “They will be high on confidence. They scored four in their last game just gone, so they will go out again there this weekend thinking they can do the same.

“However, we are upbeat and positive even though the results haven’t quite gone our way, I’m quietly confident we can go there and get the win.”

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