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Lawlor: We're taking it game-by-game

11 February 2020

On-loan Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ian Lawlor praised the ten players in front of him as he kept his first clean sheet in an Iron shirt at the weekend.

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11 February 2020

Scunthorpe won 1-0 against Cheltenham, who have the best defensive record in the division, with the result giving the side confidence going into a second home game in three days. Speaking to iFollow Iron, the shotstopper said: “It was nice to get a clean sheet as a whole team, not just as a back five. Everyone works hard for it.

“The most important thing was the three points. Going into the game, we knew we had to be confident and couldn’t be scared of the form that they were in. We looked at ourselves and we know we’ve got a lot of strength and qualities in our team and they had some weaknesses that we wanted to exploit and we did that. Overall, it was a good performance from back-to-front.

“On Saturday, we started quick and got out of the traps really fast. We got after them and closed them down, stopping them from playing the way they wanted to play. It was nice to put them on the back foot and get the early goal because that settled us down.”

Lawlor is three games into his loan spell from the Keepmoat Stadium and went straight into the side when joining the club. He spoke on his time with the Iron so far.

“I’m really enjoying it, I love working with the lads and the staff,” he stated. 

“We’ve got a great group here. We all want to do well for this football club. Personally, I’ve been delighted to play games. Most importantly, it was to come here and help the team as much as I can if I’m selected to play.”

Next up is an encounter against Cambridge United, who sit just above Scunthorpe in the league standings. After recording back-to-back wins, Lawlor knows the Us will come to the Sands Venue Stadium with a lot of confidence.

“We’ve been positive. We’re looking for a win and we want to go out and perform again,” he continued. 

“We’re taking the positives from Saturday, we’ll be confident going into the game and we’ll be looking to take our chances when we get them. Every game is different and Saturday’s game will be different to the one against Cambridge, no matter which team they put out and how we play.

“We’re going game-by-game, step-by-step. We want to build on Saturday, not sit back and look at how good the clean sheet or how good the win was. We want to take it forward and go to the next level again.

“It was nice to give the fans something to cheer about, going home on a Saturday afternoon. It was a good performance and a good win. Hopefully, we can get as many as we can back down here on Tuesday night to back us again.”

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