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McArdle: We might have come away with something on another night

24 October 2018

Captain Rory McArdle feels the Iron reacted well to recent results on Tuesday night following the game at Blackpool.

Despite losing 1-0 to the Tangerines, McArdle believes they showed improvement in their performance and can take some positives going forward.

“We are disappointed with the result, obviously, but I think on the back of the last few results, you couldn’t really ask for much more from everybody about their reaction and performances,” McArdle told iFollow Iron.

“Blackpool are on a good run and were full of confidence, which always helps and you can see why they do not lose too many games.

“It was always going to be a tough game, but I thought everyone applied themselves well and, on another night, we might have come away with something from the game.”

The Iron still created a few chances to score at Bloomfield Road and McArdle himself had a couple of opportunities, which the 31-year-old sees as a positive. 

“It is disappointing that we are not taking anything from games at the moment, but it would more of a worry if we were not creating chances or scoring goals," he said.

“There wasn’t too much in the game, so it is important we take all the positives into Saturday.”

The captain is confident the squad can get back to winning ways against Plymouth at the weekend.

He said: “It happens in football because there is no magic formula. 

“The way to go about it is exactly how we went about it against Blackpool. We need to stick together and make sure everybody is doing all the basics right. 

“As long as we do that, we know we have that quality going forward to unlock something and give us that spark.”

On Tuesday night, McArdle was utilised in a holding midfield position for the first time in an Iron shirt, sitting in front of the back four.

“It was something to combat their threat because we knew how they were going to play,” explained McArdle. “They didn’t have too many clear-cut chances and Jak (Alnwick) hasn’t had too many saves to make.

“Whenever I’m playing at the back, and there is a holding midfielder in front of, you find yourself talking them through it. I tried to put myself on the pitch where I would have liked that position to be.”

McArdle then provided his thoughts on Saturday’s match at Glanford Park versus Plymouth: “We need to be positive. We have shown that we have the fitness levels, the drive to get to where we want to be on the pitch.

“We need to maintain our standards and hopefully we can get that little bit of quality that will get us some goals.”

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