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Perch: It was a relief to get what we deserved at least

25 January 2019

James Perch is expecting a tough match when the Iron travel to the Highbury Stadium to face Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

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The midfielder used to play alongside Fleetwood’s manager Joey Barton at Newcastle and knows that his side will be hardworking.

However, United have now gone five games unbeaten following last weekend’s 1-1 draw against promotion contenders Sunderland and the confidence remains high.

The former Newcastle player spoke to iFollow Iron about the draw against the Black Cats, while also previewing the upcoming match.

He said: “When you look back at the whole 90 minutes, I think we were the better side and we had the better chances.

“We cannot be too disappointed with a point, especially after going a goal behind. 

“I got a bit of a stick when I went to collect the ball from the away end, so it is always nice to stop them getting all the glory.”

Adam Hammill came off the bench to score an incredible equalising goal on his debut in that match and Perch believes the January signings has given everybody a boost at the club.

The 33-year-old said: “I was next to him (Hammill) and didn’t think it was quite set for what he did. 

“When he put it in the top corner, it was a relief to get what we deserved at the least. 

“The bench is looking healthier and the squad is good. 

“It has given us the boost that we needed because the lads that have been in the team have managed to keep the shirt.”

Looking to extend their good form, Scunthorpe take on Fleetwood this Saturday.

The Cod Army won 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon during the week, but Perch admits the Iron have had a good week’s training and are fully prepared for the encounter.

“We’re excited,” said Perch. “It will be a good game against Fleetwood and we have had a good week’s preparation for it.

“It is always better when you are winning games, so the mood is great in the camp and the confidence is high.”

Despite this unbeaten run, Perch knows getting a result at Fleetwood will be a challenge: “It will be a tough game and I know Joey because I have played with him. I know what he is like and what his team will be like.

“We played them earlier in the season and got battered. They won’t be much different from then – hardworking like a typical League One side.”

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