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McAtee: Special to score at home, in front of our fans

10 February 2020

Following on from the Iron’s victory and clean sheet over high-flying Cheltenham Town on Saturday, match winner John McAtee spoke to iFollow Iron, giving his take on the game.

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The number 45 said: “I thought the lads did great to be honest. It was a good defensive performance - which is something we’ve been talking about all week - and we managed to go out there and prove we can do that today.”

McAtee’s winning first half goal proved to be his first at the Sands Venue Stadium, since joining for the club.

“I was buzzing (to score)” he stated. “I’m dead happy every time I score regardless of the situation, but especially at home in front of our fans, that made it really special.”

After 29 games prior to facing the Iron away, Cheltenham Town boasted one of the best defences (statistically) in the league going into the match, but it was the Iron who stood strong after breaking the deadlock.

McAtee said: “I’m not too sure how it came to me but I know Levi (Sutton) has got a good range of passing and vision, so I just thought I better run in behind straight away.

“I don’t know if I got a bit of luck or what, but I just took it past the ‘keeper - who I thought was going to bring me down at first – and tapped it into the open net.”

If anything, the Iron looked mostly likely out of the two sides to extend their advantage to two goals with some big chances in the second half, but in the end those proved trivial, as United held out for three points.

“We were the better side out there overall” McAtee claimed. “Especially the defensive display, I thought the lads dug really deep today which was great.”

The Iron head into another home fixture on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick-off), this time welcoming Cambridge United to the Sands Venue Stadium, and Saturday’s goal-scorer McAtee is feeling confident his team can get a result.

“I believe that we’ve got a chance of beating any side in this league, no matter who it is that we’re playing,” he concluded.

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