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McGahey looks ahead to Manchester City U21s Trophy match

8 January 2020

Defender Harrison McGahey is looking forward to having the chance to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to progress to the last eight of the Leasing.com Trophy.

The 24-year-old was happy with the performance against the Pilgrims at the weekend, but alluded to individual errors which lead to goals conceded and maintains a similar kind of performance would see the Iron emerge with a positive result more often than not.

“The performance didn’t match up with the result really,” he said, speaking to iFollow Iron.

“We conceded three goals, but considering the way we played football, it wasn’t a 3-1 performance. We played well, we dominated most of the game really.”

The former Rochdale player - one of the sides eliminated by the Under-21s of Manchester City in the Group Stages of the competition, is keen to retain his place in the starting eleven for the encounter and aid United through to the next round.

“It’s another good chance to try and win a trophy,” he stated. 

“We want to carry on playing the way we have been playing. The result at the weekend wasn’t right, but we need to take the levels into the game and go from there. 

“It’s different (in terms of preparation) and there’s not much footage of them and how they play. Usually, these teams try and play like the first team, so they’ll keep the ball down and be very expansive. Obviously it shows what they’re about if they’ve beaten League One and Two teams to get to this stage, so it’ll be a tough game no matter what.

“The more games you play in a season, the better it is for me personally. I want to keep the momentum building for myself and for anyone coming into the team, it is a good opportunity to show the gaffer what they’re made of.”

Following a win on New Year’s Day, Scunthorpe have been dealt with a tough run of fixtures with the likes of Newport, Bradford and Crewe all coming up, but McGahey is confident in the side continuing to make progress and push towards the higher echelons of the division.

“We need to try and keep moving forward as a defence and as a team in terms of defending,” he said.

“The weekend’s game will be another tough game although it’s one we will all be looking forward to after the Trophy game. December was quite a tough month in terms of who we were playing at the time. We’re still not far away from the play-offs. It only takes three of four wins, or to go on a run like we did before Christmas to get there.

“Results last weekend went our way, it was just a shame we couldn’t get the result ourselves. There will be weekends where we do get a results and others go our way too.”

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