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Matthew Lund eager to get back to playing games

21 October 2019

Midfielder Matthew Lund is eager to get back into the swing of things after sitting out the last three encounters through suspension.

The 28-year-old was sent off early on in the 1-1 draw against Bradford City at the Sands Venue Stadium at the end of September and missed the trips to Plymouth Argyle and Newport County, along with the home win against Northampton Town.

Speaking to iFollow Iron ahead of Tuesday’s home match with Exeter City, he said: "It’s been a long few weeks, but it’s good that the suspension is now over and hopefully I can get back playing on the pitch.

"I tried to appeal it and obviously it didn’t work. I think the momentum made it look worse than what it was. I spoke to the lad who it was on and he didn’t think it was as bad as what the referee did, but it is what it is.

"It’s been frustrating, very frustrating. I’ve been training all week and got nothing to look forward to at the end of it. The suspension has been Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, so it’s been a bit annoying there hasn’t been a Tuesday to make it go quicker."

In Lund’s absence, the side picked up four points from a possible nine, which included a resounding home victory against the Cobblers, something the midfielder wants to back up as the Iron look to extend their unbeaten home league run to five games.

"It was good to get the victory at home and the point at Plymouth was a good one," he continued.

"Saturday was a bit disappointing but hopefully we can get this run started again and keep the home run going."

The Grecians come into the game following a 4-0 away defeat at Cambridge United at the weekend and, following only a slender loss to high-flying Newport County at the weekend, Lund alluded to the fine margins in the division.

"There’s not much at all between sides (in this league) at all from what I’ve seen from the bottom to the top," he stated.

"You’ve got to limit mistakes in this division and take your chances when they come and I think first goal is key and if you can get that, it can be a totally different game.

"They’ll be up for it after their defeat at the weekend, but so are we. We want to show that we can bounce back again and hopefully get three points and that will show teams up there that we’re not far behind them."

Levi Sutton replaced the former Bradford City player throughout his suspension and, following bright performances from the academy product, he knows he will have to work hard to get his chance back in the team.

"It’s up to the manager," he added.

"I feel like I was doing well up until the sending off. I hadn’t missed a minute, but obviously the sending off changed that. The plan is play as many games and as many minutes as I can and that’s what I set out to do this season."

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