Australian international Cameron Burgess is hopeful the Iron can build on what they have learnt in recent weeks, as they look to take their fine run of form to Gillingham on Saturday.
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A win at Priestfield this weekend would make it seven wins out of the previous nine games for Stuart McCall’s side, and the 2-0 victory over Accrington Stanley at Glanford Park last time out also made it four clean sheets from the last eight matches.
As a defender, Burgess was delighted with the shut-out. Speaking to iFollow Iron ahead of the Gillingham clash this weekend, he said: “It was nice to be able to get a clean sheet at the end of the game (against Accrington).
“However, there are still some things we need to shore up. Nevertheless, it was a good feeling to come off without conceding. They had a few chances, but the way we have performed recently, it’s no less than what we deserved.”
Going into Saturday, the Iron face a long trip south to Gillingham, but Burgess believes Scunthorpe have all the capabilities to stop the threat of the Gills. He is hopeful the Iron can come away with another clean sheet.
However, the centre-back is well aware of the threat from the Gills’ duo of Tom Eaves and Elliott List, and knows he will have to be on the top of his game to stop them in their tracks, with the pair netting 23 goals between them in all competitions this season.
Burgess went on to say: “I think it will be a tough game, they have definitely got goals in them. Big Tom Eaves up front and little Elliott List provide them with a lot going forward. They caused us a few problems last time, so it’s up to us to stop that. Then, hopefully, we can get another clean sheet and a win as well.”
Gillingham came out on top as 2-0 winners at Glanford Park in the reverse fixture back in December, but Burgess thinks United have improved as a team since then.
Reflecting back on that defeat, he added: “Going off that game alone, we needed to start a lot better. We were a bit flat when we played them here at Glanford Park, so this time we have to make sure we go there, and show them what a good team we are.”
With the Iron facing a long trip to Gillingham, Burgess knows the importance of good preparation when it comes to travelling far for away games, but insists the players relish these sorts of opportunities.
He said: “I don’t think it changes much for me personally. I think all the lads will say to you that they all look forward to going away because we all get along.
“It’s something we all enjoy, it’s obviously quite a long way when you have to sit there on the bus with long legs, but we get used to it, and everything is prepared well in the right way.”
Finally, when speaking about his final thoughts going into the weekend, the defender stated: “We’ve all been working hard the same as ever. There was a behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday, and everyone seems up to their fitness level, so it’s been good.
“Looking ahead to the game, I’m excited, and hopefully we can build off what we have done in the last few weeks. I hope we can get the three points and earn another clean sheet.”
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