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McArdle reflects on Charlton and gears up for encounter with former club

23 April 2019

Captain Rory McArdle believes clinical finishing by Charlton on Easter Monday was the main difference between the two sides in the Iron's 4-0 defeat at the Valley.

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Anfernee Dijksteel scored his first goal in Charlton colours as he notched midway through the first half.

Then, further strikes from Joe Aribo, Igor Vetokele and former Iron attacker Lyle Taylor rounded off the scoring in the second period. 

McArdle spoke to iFollow Iron after the match, and gave his thoughts. He said: "First and foremost, we are disappointed. 

"It was a game that we knew was going to be tough, but equally, we knew we would be able to create some chances. Throughout the game, I thought we did that, but we conceded at bad times and let in soft goals, which made our job a lot harder. 

"We had a crazy ten minutes in the second half which took the game from us and it was always going to be an uphill battle after that." 

However, despite the in-form Charlton going well this season, he says the Iron were able to hold their own and matched them for the main part of the game. 

He added:  "They (Charlton) were full of confidence, they've been up there near the top of the table for the majority of the season, but we've shown we can create opportunities against them.

"In the second half, we passed through them and opened them up. If one of those chances goes in, it's a different game. However, they are a good side. Going forward, they were just more clinical than us."

The defender continued: "We can definitely take the fact we created a lot of chances today going into next week. 

"It would be more of a worry if we weren't doing that. As we saw out there, the difference was what happened in both boxes. 

"They took their chances when they had them and made the most of it, whereas we didn't quite do that."

The match against the Addicks also saw other positives for the Iron, as it marked the return of trio Josh Morris, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Matthew Lund from injury. 

Morris returned to the starting eleven after appearing from the bench in 0-0 draw with Blackpool on Good Friday. Elsewhere, Borthwick-Jackson started a league game for the first time since January after a knee operation, and Lund returned for the final 15 minutes. 

McArdle says this is a welcome boost to the squad at a crucial time of the year.

The 31-year-old stated: "It gives us a massive boost having players come back from injury. It's a timely one as well, it's been well publicised the injury problems we've had this season, so to get them back on the pitch is great for us. 

"The likes of Josh (Morris), Cam (Borthwick-Jackson) and Lundy (Matthew Lund) are the types of players that can give us that little bit of quality. They can open teams up when we need it and hopefully, they'll be ready to go on Saturday."

The Iron face Bradford City at Glanford Park this weekend, and they are a team McArdle knows a lot about after spending five years with the club from 2012 to 2017. 

The Bantams will be playing in League Two next season, after their fate in the division was confirmed last weekend. 

However, despite Bradford already being relegated, McArdle still expects another challenge on Saturday.

He went on to say: "It's going to be a massive game. The stats and the table don't lie, we know how big an occasion it's going to be. 

"It's going to be another tough game, we've got to dust ourselves down and look to see how we can improve because it's all still to play for."

The centre-back is also hoping the Iron faithful will get right behind the boys on Saturday afternoon, as they look to bounce back with a win.

He added: "It's been a disappointing season for us, but if everyone can put that behind them for 90 minutes and show us the support they have been doing over the course of the campaign, then it'll give us a boost and we can rally together during the game on Saturday."

The captain gave his thoughts ahead of the game and said: "I'm sure they (Bradford) will want to come here and put a good performance in. 

"Whenever you play a game of football, you want to win and they'll be trying to finish as strong as possible. They'll want to build some momentum going into next season, so we know it's going to be a challenge, but it's one we're looking forward to."

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