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Alnwick looks to repay fans for recent support

26 October 2018

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is looking for the Iron to get back to winning ways with three back-to-back home games coming up, starting with a visit from Plymouth Argyle.

The Rangers loanee drew on the Pilgrims’ run of form from this stage last season which saw them miss out on a play-off place after being rock bottom of the division and believes United can emulate a similar run of form. 

“Last season, it was amazing to see what they did and they were unlucky not to get into the play-offs,” he told iFollow Iron.  

“If Plymouth can do it (go on a long unbeaten run), why can’t we? I look at the players in the changing room and there’s quality in every single area. Once it clicks together, this team will be kicking right on. We went on a six-game unbeaten run, but now we’re four without any points. It’s evened itself out a little bit, but now it’s time to really kick on.”

Any hopes of a play-off place for Argyle were effectively ended by Scunthorpe at the tail end of last season with a 2-0 victory at Glanford Park, but the side will arrive in North Lincolnshire in good spirits after picking up their second victory of the campaign in midweek.

“They’re a good side. They finished seventh last year and know what this league is all about,” Alnwick continued. 

“They’re going to be coming here off the back of us having a few bad results and thinking that they can take three points. We know that, if we show the effort that we did at Blackpool and add a bit more quality, I think it should be good enough for three points. We need to start picking up points as it’s a results business. 

“We want to be climbing up that table. Performances don’t always win you points. We want to get that mix.”

Reflecting on the encounter at Bloomfield Road in midweek, the United shot stopper felt the side worked hard but were lacking the cutting edge which would have resulted in the side getting something from the game. 

“It was one of those games where one goal was always going to take it,” he said.

“It was a tough pitch to play on and they were a hard-working side. Once they got their goal, they got behind the ball and it they were hard to break down. We worked hard and created chances, we had a couple cleared off the line and Perchy was inches away from scoring at well. 

“In terms of the way we worked, you can’t fault the effort of the lads. I think the stats were some of the biggest they’ve been this season. It was one of those games. When you’re in a little bit of bad form, it’s little mistakes that happen that wouldn’t normally happen. 

“It’s obviously tough to take, but we know as players that we’ve got to turn it round ourselves. We’ve got to keep working hard and results will come because the quality will shine through.”

United return to Glanford Park for the next three encounters, with Plymouth and Oxford United the two visitors in Sky Bet League One before an FA Cup clash against Burton Albion. The 25-year-old is looking to repay the fans for their recent support and is confident things will start to click.

“We need to repay our fans that have travelled with us to the recent away games. They’ve put some miles in for us, so we need to start giving them some results,” he stated. 

“It’s nice to be back here (at Glanford Park). It’s great ground to play at and we need the fans behind us. We know we’re in a bit of a bad patch at the minute, but if they get behind us and be that extra man for us, we’ll repay them. I keep saying it, but it will click and we will start picking up big results.”

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