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McArdle reflects on latest league game

24 September 2019

After the team fell to a narrow defeat away at Walsall, Rory McArdle reflected on the match, speaking to iFollow Iron.

A close game, United were edged out 1-0 on the road in League Two. McArdle cut a frustrated figure following the unfortunate result, and said: “Obviously, we’re disappointed first and foremost, whenever you lose a game it’s not nice.

“To sum up the game as a whole, I don’t think there was too much in it. Their lad’s scored a bit of a wonder goal, and that was what decided the game today.”

The only goal of the match came via an acrobatic strike from centre-back James Clarke, but McArdle was focussed on the Iron, saying: “It’s one of those days, we’ve had some half decent chances and got into some good areas, without really testing their ‘keeper as much as we’d have liked.

“It’s important with games like that, that you stay in it, and at worst come away with a point.”

After going behind, the Iron were chasing a goal in the 25 degree heat, which McArdle insisted wasn’t a factor in the outcome of the game. The centre-back said: “It’s something that everyone’s pretty used to, and it’s the same for the opposition.

“The conditions are what they are, everyone’s fit enough now, and played in this sort of weather at some point this season.

“As it got towards the end of the game, they filled their box, which made it difficult for us to get on the end of anything. We could’ve done with the ball to just drop near our feet in the box.”

As the Iron look towards Leicester City Under-21s in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday, McArdle is hoping for a better result: “We just need a reaction, it’s one of the good things about having a midweek game.

“The win against Grimsby gave us a bit of a lift, and a positive result, so hopefully we can get something from that game (Leicester City Under-21s) and get another reaction in the process.

“It gives an opportunity to the lads who’ve not played as much, to get some minutes under their belts. Also, if they get out there and impress, it’ll give the gaffer decisions to make going into the weekend match.”

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