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Perch looks ahead to the festive fixtures

24 December 2019

James Perch is looking forward to the festive run-in, as the Iron host Walsall on Boxing Day.

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He's optimistic the reverse fixture will be a different affair to the one at the Banks’ Stadium, back in September.

He told iFollow Iron: “It will be a different game. We’ve come on leaps and bounds since then.

“It was a narrow defeat. We weren’t playing at our best. We lost 1-0 from a set piece."

All bets were off on derby day but the Iron recorded a memorable 1-0 win over Grimsby Town last time out.

He said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game and they were going to be up for it. Your run of form goes out the window and it’s just who gets it on the day.

“We’ve played a lot better than that over the last few weeks. We got the win and that’s the most important thing.

“They’ll feel a bit unlucky. In the first half, they were on top. We managed to have that final bit of quality and that got us the three points.”

Despite missing certain key individuals, Perch said it showed United have strength in depth.

“I started at right-back, then Yann [Songo’o] got injured and I went into midfield. I probably prefer it there at the minute because that’s where I’ve been playing previously,” he explained.

“We haven’t got a massive squad so you worry about it disrupting the form, but we’ve got a decent squad and we can change it if we have to.”

Perch said everything has fallen into place after a slow start to the season, claiming the bragging rights in the Lincolnshire derby at the weekend.

“The lads are flying. All of a sudden, it’s clicked. Good team performances get you wins and clean sheets," he said.

“Wins breed confidence and that’s what we’ve done the last couple of months. Hopefully we can take that into Thursday.”

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