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McArdle: We need to be more clinical when on top in games

16 October 2018

Captain Rory McArdle is hoping the Iron can return to winning ways on Saturday against Wycombe after falling to two consecutive league defeats.

However, the defender feels that Scunthorpe have been unlucky not to take anything from the two matches against Luton and Peterborough.

The 31-year-old spoke to iFollow Iron after the 2-0 defeat to Peterborough and said: “We are all a little disappointed with the outcome. It was a game that we thought that we should have taken something from.”

He continued: “In the first half, we played well, and I think we carried on doing so until they scored. I think when they did score, it knocked the stuffing out of us, but equally it’s something we can’t dwell on too much. However, when we have these sorts of games, we need to try and at least take a point from them.”

The loss against the Posh marked the first home defeat for Stuart McCall since taking over as manager and the centre-back went on to say: ‘It’s always disappointing to lose at home when you are playing in front of your own fans, especially when I feel like for the majority of the game, we were in control. 

“However, that’s just football sometimes and it shows that when you are on top, you need to try to be clinical. Equally, when you are on the back foot and go a goal down, you need to stick together and try push for the equaliser,” he added.

There were still plenty of positives to take from the match going forward and McArdle stated: “Whenever you can create chances in football, it always gives you that opportunity to try and get a foothold in the game. 

“We will have to look at the goals we let in again and they were disappointing from our point of view. Maybe it was just a little lapse in concentration and decisions going against us at times, but we just have to keep working on it to try and get those clean sheets.”

Looking ahead to this coming weekend, the Iron travel to Wycombe Wanderers and McArdle is looking to put recent results behind them and get back out on the pitch to earn all three points come Saturday afternoon.

Previewing that game, he went on to say: “We’ve got to look to have a good week in training. We’ll also look back at the games, looking at both the positives and the negatives, and get back on the training pitch to hopefully improve.”

He added: “We can’t let that get us down and we’ll try to bounce back as soon as possible, starting with Saturday.” 

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