Goalkeeper Mark Howard is looking forward to the prospect of making his home debut for the Iron this Tuesday.
The match comes against a side which he spent seven days at last season as emergency loan cover this time last year. He managed three games during that stint, including the 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe at the Peninsula Stadium. Now, having swapped jerseys, Howard is aiming to get maximum points for his new club.
“It’s always been a good pitch here and I’ve always enjoyed coming here (as an opposition player),” he told iFollow Iron.
“Especially when I was at Sheffield United, it was a tough place to come and I’ve said that to a few of the lads. I’ve always enjoyed the battle here and I can’t wait to be part of that.
“I went to Salford after a serious injury and it was good for me to get some games. I enjoyed my time there and we got some good results. It was the first time I’d played in League Two, so I got to learn what it was all about. Hopefully, we can get a result against them.”
The shot-stopper was put straight into action for his debut at the weekend following an injury to Rory Watson and, despite the game ending in defeat at Exeter, there were a number of positives to take from the game, especially considering the current circumstances.
“I think as a team performance, the lads really dug in and we created a lot of chances and a lot of opportunities,” he continued.
“Ultimately, we have made a few mistakes and it has cost us. We can take a lot of positives from the game. We had them on the back foot and had a lot of possession. I thoroughly enjoyed being back involved.
“There were a lot of people filling in roles they wouldn’t expect to be doing. We lost a couple of lads on the coach on the way down. We’re in a strange period and we have to adapt to that.”
As one of the experienced additions to the side, the 34-year-old is aiming to help get the best out of the young players in front of him and had got to know a number of them over the last few days.
“It’s just good to get back going and I’m trying to learn the personalities as well as the players. That’s a massive thing for me, I need to know how these players tick to help get the best out of them,” he added.
“Hopefully if we can put in a good performance again and create a few chances, you never know what can happen. Salford have a lot of experienced players, but that comes with added pressure as well. They’re expected to win games and have massive ambition. Hopefully we can use that pressure to help us.”
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