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McArdle: We can't get ahead of ourselves

11 January 2019

Captain Rory McArdle says it is important that the Iron do not get carried away after winning their last three games ahead of the trip to Walsall on Saturday.

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11 January 2019

Goals from James Perch and Levi Sutton ensured United beat Coventry last weekend and McArdle feels the confidence in the side is continuing to grow.

Before the Walsall contest, McArdle gave his pre-match views to iFollow Iron.

He said: “It was a good win (against Coventry) and we have built up a bit of confidence now. You could see that in the game. It’s amazing in football at how quickly things can change. It was a result that we deserved.”

The Iron have pushed up to 17th in the Sky Bet League One table following three successive victories and will be going into the Walsall game full of belief and momentum. 

“It can be hard sometimes to pick everyone up on the back of a defeat, but you can see in training now that a lot of the lads have a spring in their step,” said the 31-year-old. 

“Everyone has got that little bit more confidence, but it is important we don’t get too ahead of ourselves and carried away. It is only the start of a run that we want to build on. There are still a lot of points to play for.”

Last week, United signed five players, which included right-back Tony McMahon on loan from Oxford United.

The 32-year-old started against Coventry and the game saw him link up with McArdle again. 

McArdle said: “I played with Tony for a couple of years at Bradford. I know what he is like and know what his game is like. It makes it easier when someone comes in and you have already played a lot of games with each other.

“You could see his qualities in the game the other day. When we are under pressure, he will try and take the sting out of the game. Hopefully he can have his influence on everyone.”

It’s not just McMahon that has had a positive effect on the squad, as McArdle believes the other four players have given everybody a lift.

He said: “They have given everyone a boost and a lift. It has been well documented about the injuries we have had and at Peterborough we only had five subs, so it has given us a boost in terms of numbers and competition for places, which we probably haven’t had in the last couple of months. 

“It will spur everyone on that's in the team to stay in and the lads who are not in the team will work hard to try and get in it.”

Four of those players could make their debut at Walsall on Saturday, but McArdle knows it will be a tough test at the Bescot Stadium.

On that match, he said: “We know they have got qualities, but it is important that we don’t get ahead of ourselves. We have got to keep doing what we have been doing and make sure we start the game well.”

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