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Pugh reflects on season start and looks ahead to Rochdale trip

13 August 2021

Tom Pugh spoke to iFollow Iron after making his first league start for the club last week, and following it up in the cup in midweek.

The 20-year-old was at right-back for the season opener against Swindon Town last weekend, before then playing a right wing-back role in the Carabao Cup clash at Barrow on midweek.

The academy graduate, who has started his third season as a professional with the club, played more minutes than anyone in pre-season, and is pleased to have received so much game time in recent weeks.

He said: "I played right-back for my first season as a youth team scholar so I know the role, and it helps having the gaffer (Neil Cox) and (coach) Tony McMahon as two former right-backs who can help me progress in that position.

"I'm buzzing to have been in the team, as it's what I've been working for ever since I came to the club. I want to get as many minutes as I can. We have different teams playing different styles of play to face, and it's all about learning and adapting to the role.

"I'm happy to play wherever to be in the team. We played a different formation on Tuesday night, and I was at right wing-back, and I thought we dealt with it well and we created a few chances.

"We passed the ball better but you always go out there looking to win, and going out of the cup in the first round is not what we want. There are positives we can take from the game but it's a shame we got knocked out."

This Saturday, United head to Rochdale looking to get their first three points of the season, and Pugh is looking forward to the challenge at Spotland.

"It's a massive game for us in the league and we need those three points to get us up and running," he added.

"It will be a scrap away at Rochdale, and always is, but we'll give our all to get those three points."

See much more from Tom Pugh on iFollow Iron.

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