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Gilks: Big crowds, big games, this is why we do it

9 February 2018

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks is looking forward to getting back out at Glanford Park this weekend, as the Iron host Rotherham United.

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10 February 2018

The 35-year-old hasn’t made a home appearance for Scunthorpe since New Year’s Day, but returned to the line-up away at Fleetwood last weekend following a calf injury. 

He spoke to iFollow Iron ahead of the Rotherham fixture, dedicated as British Steel Family Day 2018.

MG: It was a tough game - and probably tougher when they went down to ten men. We got the job done in the end and deserved the three points. Last week, I’d not done much up until the game. I’d done four or five days of handling and a little bit of kicking, but didn’t go over the top. I’m back in complete training now, so I’m glad to be back and off the injury list. It’s never nice being injured, I’ve had a few in my career. You come to the game, but you want to be out there with the lads and you find yourself kicking every ball from the stands. The focus was to recover and get back as quickly as I could.

MG: He’s done himself no harm at all with his performances. I was pleased for him on his debut at Portsmouth that we managed to get back in the game and get a draw, leading through to the Southend game where he made some great saves and probably kept us in it. Unfortunately we couldn’t hold on in the end. He’s been brilliant and I know he’s got a good future in the game. You’d like to think he’s got two good teachers between me and Muzzy (Paul Musselwhite).

MG: These games are why we play football. We want big crowds, big games and this is why we do it. Rotherham come into the game in good form, so it is going to be an exciting game. They were very good at their place and they’re going to come here with high expectations. They’re very organised with a good, young manager in the dugout. We’ll look at them in-depth over the next couple of days and hopefully come out of the game with another victory. 

MG: We obviously appreciate their sponsorship and they’ve been involved at the club for a couple of years, so we’re recognising their support with a change of kit. There’s obviously a big works here at Scunthorpe, and it does play a massive part of the town. A lot of supporters will probably work there or know someone who works there, so it will be a nice day for them.

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