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O'Malley reacts after returning to the side at Cheltenham

21 October 2020

Defender Mason O’Malley gave his post-match thoughts to iFollow Iron after a narrow away defeat at Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

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United conceded early on after a penalty was given, but overall it was an improved performance from Saturday’s home loss to Cambridge, with Scunthorpe perhaps counting themselves unfortunate not to have earned a share of the spoils.

O’Malley said: “It was a lot better than last week and previous weeks, so I think we have plenty of positives to take out of it. 

“We went down early in the game, 1-0 after three minutes, but we didn't concede again and created chances to score. But it’s a tough one to take.

“From our reaction you could see we was frustrated by the penalty given, a lot of us thought it was a foul (on goalkeeper Rory Watson beforehand), but that’s a part of football.”

Talking confidently about the game, he commented: “I think the big thing for me today was attitude. It was a lot better and more positive. We went down early but for the remaining 85 minutes we pushed each other on, worked hard, ran ourselves into the ground, but came away disappointed.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game away at Exeter City, O’Malley said there are plenty of positives to take into that game. He explained: “There were really good spells in the game where we kept the ball at times. We created some opportunities, but I think it’s about being better in that final third where we need to clean up on.

“I didn’t think I did too bad, there are always things you can do better on, playing a bit quicker at times and forward more, but hopefully I get my chance again next week.

“There is a lot to learn, especially being at a young age. We are a young team, but we have got players in the team that have played a lot of games, so are looking to learn from them.”

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