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Perch: Get clear of that bottom four and then see where it takes us

9 January 2019

James Perch was naturally delighted to score his second goal of the season in the 2-1 home win over Coventry City, but the main thing was gaining the three points.

The victory made it three wins in a row for Scunthorpe, and the midfielder played a big part, winning one of the man of the match awards as well as netting.

The former QPR man told iFollow Iron: “I was buzzing to score. I played a bit deeper today and wasn’t expecting to be up that close to the goal, but it got a deflection and we needed that bit of luck, which has gone against us in recent weeks.

“I’m in there to do a job and break up play. I’m happy with it but happier with the 2-1 win.

“It was another great result. They put us under pressure which you’d expect but we fought well, and the desire and effort was there. It was a good team performance.

“Maybe a few weeks ago we might not have won that game, so it shows the character of the team, and the confidence we’re playing with at the minute.”

Though pleased to have taken nine points from three successive games for the first time this season, Perch isn’t getting carried away and says United must continue to battle with the same desire.

He said: “First of all, we need to get well clear of the bottom four and see where it takes us. You never know, if we keep winning and putting in performances like that we could really climb up the table.

“The confidence is high as you’d expect. We’re all buzzing and want another game as soon as possible because it’s so high.

“We’ll take the rest, after a busy Christmas period, and get ourselves ready for Walsall next Saturday. It’s going to be another tough away game. Every match in this league is tough and physical but we’ll go there and look to get the win again.”

Five players were signed last week to add strength and competition to the United squad, and Perch says it will get the best out of everybody at Glanford Park.

He said: “That’s what it’s like at every club. We need it with the injuries we’ve had this season. We’ve been very short sometimes but they’re great additions and I’m sure they will do well for us.”

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