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O'Malley: Healthy competition is important

20 August 2021

Defender Mason O’Malley is looking forward to being back at home following three successive away games in league and cup.

The Iron host Sutton United this Saturday for the very first meeting between the two sides, and come into the game off the back of two points on the road, including a 90th minute equaliser in midweek at Walsall.

Speaking ahead of the game to iFollow Iron, O’Malley said: “It was a good point away from home in midweek.

“Speaking for the whole team, we feel like we could have come away with more. It’s the best we’ve played so far this season and the mood in the camp is good. It’s always good to get a late goal, and Alfie (Beestin) always seems to come up with a bit of magic.

“There are a lot of bits that we can grab from the game on Tuesday and we can use it all as positive energy and use it as momentum going into Saturday.”

United’s team on paper in midweek saw six substitutes named and a number of youngsters coming through the ranks. A number of those were on the pitch when that equaliser did come, with a real feeling of togetherness showing in the group amid the celebrations.

“There needs to be that team spirit,” he continued. 

“I think that’s important. It’s not going to be the last time we’re in that position this season - there will always be injuries or something else. We’ve got to stick together as a team and I think you can feel that in the changing room. We have got that togetherness."

With two positive results away from home, the side’s aim this weekend is to build on that further and bounce back following the opening day defeat on home soil a fortnight ago.

“We’ve got points away from home, now it’s about trying to get a run going in front of our fans,” he stated. 

“I know they’ll be itching for three points as much as we are, so it’s important that we hit the ground running. It’ll be a tough game, it’ll be a battle. We’re at home, so we’ve got to get something out of the game.”

The 20-year-old spoke on the summer arrival of fellow left-back Lewis Thompson and the competition that will bring.

O’Malley was left out of the starting eleven for the opening day fixture against Swindon, but that served as extra motivation for the former Huddersfield Town defender to come back stronger.

“It’s something we both need - healthy competition,” he added. 

“Hopefully we are going to push each other on to get the best out of each other. I’m going to push myself every day, every game, every training session, every day off to be better. 

“Hopefully I can play more games and cement my position.”

See much more from Mason O'Malley and Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.

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