On loan Iron attacker George Thomas was disappointed that Scunthorpe bowed out of the FA Cup last weekend after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury.
However, he believes now the Iron have more scope to concentrate on the league, as they look to put three more points on the board this weekend at home to Gillingham.
Thomas spoke to iFollow Iron previewing the fixture, but first reflected back on the FA Cup exit last time out.
He said: “We wanted to stay in all of the cup competitions for as long as possible and the FA Cup is the one which provides a great opportunity to play against the bigger sides. We were disappointed to get knocked out, but now it gives us a chance to focus more on the league and try to climb up the table again.”
Despite losing at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium, the 21-year-old thinks the team can take their fighting spirit from the match against Shrewsbury into the Gillingham game.
He went on to say: “We lost 1-0 and we missed a penalty right at the end, so we could have got a draw.
“It was a tough game, but I thought that everyone fought well and now that we are back home at Glanford Park on Saturday, we can hopefully go out there and put on a performance.”
Gillingham are currently level on points with the Iron, so the forward expects a close encounter when they travel to Lincolnshire.
He said: “It’s not going to be an easy game. It will be a physical battle, but hopefully, with us being at home, we can knuckle down, play some good football and score a few goals.”
After mentioning the advantage home support can bring, Thomas is confident the Scunthorpe faithful can give provide the Iron with a boost, as they look to get a positive result on Saturday.
He stated: “I always enjoy playing at Glanford Park. The home fans get right behind us and they can be the difference.”
Talking about his final thoughts heading into the match, Thomas added: “Training has been good for the past couple of days and everyone is dying to get some points back on the board sooner rather than later.
“I hope we can do that with a win. I’m looking forward to it and it’s a game where I really want to get out there, put up a fight and come away with the three points to try put on a show for the fans.”
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