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Jon Flatt: Getting a clean sheet is pleasing

5 September 2018

Goalkeeper Jon Flatt started his first Iron game against Wolves' Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night and he was happy to keep a clean sheet.

It was United’s first clean sheet of the season after they drew 0-0 in 90 minutes, before they went on to win the penalty shootout 4-2 to gain an extra point at Glanford Park. 

The 23-year-old told iFollow Iron: “It was a good, but tough game. They acquitted themselves quite well and caused us a few problems on the break. 

“I know quite a bit about them and expected them to be a good side. It was never going to be an easy game, so it was a good contest. 

“We were mainly in control of the game and we could have won it, but it was nice to get a clean sheet and win on penalties at the end.” 

The goalkeeper made a couple of important saves during the game and then went on to save a penalty in the shootout. 

On his penalty stop and saves in the game, Flatt said: “It is my job to keep the ball out of the net and thankfully I have done it today. 

“I also thankfully went the right way for the penalty and got a hand on it to push it around the post, which was pleasing. 

“I can only take care of myself, but getting a clean sheet is pleasing and winning on penalties is a bonus.” 

Flatt’s previous appearance in an Iron shirt came when he replaced the injured Rory Watson in the 2-2 draw against Barnsley, but he was happy to get back on the pitch in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

He added: “I want to play like everybody does, but whether it is me playing, Jak (Alnwick), Rory or Matt Gilks, you back the goalkeeper that is playing and give him your best. The competition is good. 

“I had a taste of it a couple of weeks ago against Barnsley. Thankfully when I was called upon on, I was ready and did a good job.” 

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