Defender Tyler Cordner reflected on Tuesday’s EFL Trophy draw with League One Lincoln City as another positive step ahead of the league opener against Newport County on Saturday.
The Bournemouth loanee scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 stalemate to put a point on the board in the group stages of the competition, with the Imps taking the bonus point in the shoot-out.
“It was a good performance, especially in the first half,” he said, talking to iFollow Iron.
“They didn’t threaten us much, we were positive and we kept our shape well. We were happy to come in 1-0 up a half-time, but in the second half we were a little bit sloppy. In the two games we’ve played so far, we’ve played well and we’re going to take that positivity into Saturday.”
Cordner’s first goal for the club comes in his second competitive match, with the strike his fifth career goal and first in a cup competition. The deadlock was broken from Andy Dales’ free-kick, with the 21-year-old hoping more goals will come his way, especially from set-pieces.
“I’m a big lad, so I hope to get more goals this season,” he continued.
“It was a great delivery into the box - I should have scored with my head first time really, but it was lucky that I got the rebound. At the end of the day, it is about the team and about the result.
"Going into Saturday, we want to get our first league win. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people this season. There’s no pressure on us, we’re a young team and we’ve got to be really positive."
Starting the last two competitive matches and completing 90 minutes in each, Cordner is happy with his output and fitness levels going into the season-opener against Newport at the weekend. He’s now hoping to be given the nod for his full league debut for United, with the aim to get those first three points on the board.
“I’m loving it. We will see what happens on Saturday, but I think I’ve been playing well, so hopefully I’ve done enough to keep my place, but if not I’ll fight to get back in the team,” he continued.
“We’ve played two different formations now and these two games have given the manager a chance to look at a few things. It’s good that we have that versatility to play different people in different positions and we’re going to need that this season, especially with games coming thick and fast.
“We’re going to have to come up a lot of different teams in the way they play this season. We’ve got to adapt to that. Newport are a good team. I’ve never played them before, but from what I’ve heard they’re a physical, direct team.”
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