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McArdle: A good, positive environment

22 January 2019

Captain Rory McArdle was happy the Iron salvaged a point back against Sunderland, but felt his side deserved the win.

The Black Cats took the lead at Glanford Park before debutant Adam Hammill scored a stunning equaliser in the 87th minute.

After the match, McArdle gave his thoughts to iFollow Iron.

He said: “It is a good point, but I think in hindsight we are disappointed not to come away with three points.

“We had some good chances, their goalkeeper has made some good saves and he scrambled one off the line. 

“They haven’t had too many clear-cut chances either.”

The result means the Iron are now five games unbeaten, having put in a solid performance against promotion contenders.

“It shows how far we have come over recent weeks,” said McArdle. 

“We have got through that and we have shown when we are on it and confident, we can put a string of results together. 

“We can compete with the teams that are up there and that comes from all of the hard work we have put in over recent weeks.”

The skipper was also full of praise for Hammill, who got United’s equalising goal with just three minutes remaining after being substituted on in the second-half.

McArdle said: “It was a hell of a goal. He has shown that bit of experience he has got. 

“He settled it down and got it out of his feet and I have seen him score them goals in training. 

“He has got that quality and it shows that everyone can have an impact on a game.”

As well as Hammill, Kevin van Veen also came off the bench for his second Iron debut, with manager Stuart McCall having a number of options available to him now.

“Over the last couple of months, we haven’t had a full squad to choose from through suspensions and injuries,” McArdle said.

“The gaffer has had his options limited and we have lacked that little bit of competition for places as well, whereas now we have got a full bench.

“It is a good, positive environment.”

The attendance at Glanford Park was 7,263 and the home fans created a great atmosphere, which McArdle described as “one the best” he has experienced since his arrival at the club in 2017.

McArdle added: “It was brilliant. It shows how much of an effect it has for us on the pitch because it gives us a lift. 

“They kept us going and we managed to get the equaliser.”

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