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Watson looks to build on clean sheet as Iron travel to Vale

28 February 2020

Goalkeeper Rory Watson is looking for the Iron to back up last weekend’s victory over Forest Green Rovers with another three points and clean sheet, this time on the road at Port Vale.

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Scunthorpe won 1-0 last time out thanks to John McAtee’s goal barely 50 seconds into the second half, with Watson keeping his third clean sheet in United colours.

Speaking about the result to iFollow Iron, he said: “It was a perfect afternoon from my perspective.

“I didn’t really have a lot to do and I think there was only one shot on target in the game, so it was a nice afternoon for me. Hopefully, we can all take that forward into this week. It’s always nice to get a clean sheet. We’re put in goal to try and get them and I haven’t had enough of them at Scunthorpe. It was nice to get one and now the aim is to get another on Saturday.

“Whoever has been in goal over the last couple of seasons, the team hasn’t kept enough clean sheets. We’ve got 12 games left of the season and we’ve got to keep as many of those, and as many wins, as possible."

Two out of the last three games have resulted in 1-0 wins, both of which at home, with United now looking to transfer that away from the Sands Venue Stadium.

“We’ve got a good shape to us at the minute,” he continued.

“We look solid and on Saturday I never felt like we were going to concede. The lads in front of me were brilliant. Long may that continue.”

Forest Green Rovers became the first side that Scunthorpe have completed the league double over last weekend and, after beating the Valiants on home soil 2-1 back in November, the Iron can achieve the same feat once more should they overhaul their opposition at Vale Park.

Watson added: “Hopefully we can (do the double over Port Vale). It’s a tough place to go and they’ve only lost once at home all season. Obviously it’s going to be a tough task, but we need to keep the shape like we did last weekend, keep them out early doors and then put our stamp on the game.

“They’re doing really well as a side and they’re an underrated team in this league, in my opinion. They’ve got a lot of quality, they’re physical and they can play a bit as well. The reverse fixture was a great result.”

The match in Stoke-on-Trent is the first of a busy and tough week for the Iron, with the in-form Vale followed up by an away trip to the league leaders and finally the small matter of the local derby against Grimsby Town.

“It’s going to be a tough week,” he stated.

“We’ve got nothing to fear. Hopefully we’ll get a good result against Port Vale and go to Swindon with no pressure. They’re top of the league, so they’ll be the team expected to win.

“It’s massively important for us to keep doing what we’re doing, keep it tight and try to get as many points as possible in our final 12 games.”

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