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Mark Howard looks back on the last fortnight

26 November 2020

Goalkeeper Mark Howard spoke following the narrow 1-0 defeat against his old team Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old made some great saves on the night but conceded in the second half after Bolton applied pressure to stop the Iron run of clean sheets.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, he said: “We’re disappointed in the dressing room that we haven’t taken something from the game. I feel like we deserved it as we limited their opportunities and created two clear chances of our own.

“I feel like we were really in the game, especially in the first half we played well and it was a frustrating goal to concede.”

After United’s slow start to the season recently they had gained seven points out of 12, and Howard reflected on the upturn in fortunes: “We’ve come far, we’re a young squad apart from me but we’ve done a lot in the past four games and given a lot.

“I don’t think we can use any excuses that we're tired or that it was fatigue because we’ve put a lot into the game.

“I think the lad’s effort was superb, it’s just a slight lapse at the back and we’ve conceded a poor goal. I feel like we are trying to do the right things and that’s positive. To get two away wins that was massive for us.”

Reflecting on the match, he said: “Even tonight’s performance we are trying to do the right things which are good especially after the past few results we’ve had. You can’t win every game but doing the right things makes it frustrating.

“The lads have been doing the basics well, it’s nice to see that they’re putting their bodies on the line and making blocks and tackles. It means more now to get behind the ball and make that tackle and to not concede.

“I always pride myself on clean sheets as a goalkeeper, it’s something I always strive for. I’ve made less saves but that just shows the teams progression.

“I think the fact that we are so disappointed tonight and so disappointed from the draw on Saturday because we should have won that game that shows how far we have come and how much it means to the lads.”

Howard arrived in October and got made his debut just prior to the break. He's hoping for the same impact to come off the back of this interval: “I hope I’m bringing and using my experience to help the lads. I’ve played quite a few games and I have got experience of playing at every level.

“We used the break well last time and we ended up with a good bit of form so hopefully we can do that again.

“We’ve got a lot of games and I think we’ve got a good squad there and talented players. I think everyone will get a chance and as I said before if we do the right things and the basics work well. Then we’ll win games.”

See much more from Mark Howard on iFollow Iron.


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