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Watson: It's something to build on

16 August 2021

Goalkeeper Rory Watson spoke to iFollow Iron after his side drew 0-0 away to Rochdale on Saturday.

The 25-year-old made his 100th career appearance and was pleased to make vital saves to get the draw.

Watson said: “It’s massive to get our first point. Last year we didn’t get off to the best start. Today it didn’t go our way but I feel like we’re improving each week. I think some teams will struggle at Rochdale, it’s not an easy place to come to, and it’s a good point and clean sheet to build on.”

Commenting on his century of appearances, he said: “It’s nice to celebrate this with a clean sheet but I’m just looking forward to playing as many games as I can. It’s a good achievement; I want to play more. I’m only 25, I’m still young, hungry and want to improve on my game."

Discussing an important save late in the first half that helped secure the draw for the Iron, the goalkeeper said: “It’s just nice to help the team out, it’s great to make a save that matters and helps get us a point. It was a team effort. For the first half we were poor, in the second half we were a lot better and had the best chances. I think a draw was a fair result on reflection.”

He added: “We are getting better, we are a group of young lads learning their craft. We’re going to stick at it and get some points on the board.”

Mentioning how Watson has come back into the team recently, following the injury to fellow shotstopper Tom Billson on the opening day, he said: “It was frustrating not starting last week, I spoke to the manager and we’ve gone over it. I’m old enough now to know that football is a funny game. Things can happen in an instant where you’re not playing and probably won’t play for the season and then you’ve got a chance to play all of a sudden. I’m just looking to do my best and try my best for the team with more clean sheets."

Commenting on his performance, he said: “I’ve had so many knockbacks even though I am only 25 - like breaking my arm and other things that haven’t gone my way like when my performances haven’t been great. I’ll keep going and I’ll keep trying, the clean sheets will come."

Watson added: “It motivates me to be a better player and a better person for the young lads. I feel like if I moped or sulked about it’s not a good example for them. Sometimes it’s really good; it has the highest of highs and the lowest lows, but it’s about how you deal with that. Things can change so quickly in football.”

Looking ahead to the Iron’s next game on Tuesday night against Walsall, Watson said: “Today’s a massive point for us, getting that point on the board means we can go to Tuesday with a bit of confidence and we can get better and better every week. We just go again Tuesday.”

See much more from Rory Watson on iFollow Iron.


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