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Thompson previews Crawley home game after midweek return from suspension

22 October 2021

Defender Lewis Thompson is looking for the Iron to build on the midweek draw against Barrow.

The 22-year-old returned from a one-match suspension to face the Bluebirds, and felt that the side could have taken all three points after defending solidly throughout the course of the game.

“I think it could have been more, especially as we were 1-0 up,” he said, talking to iFollow Iron.

“I think we created some good chances in the game. In the first half, we had six shots to their one and we put some balls into the box as a team, and created chances on the counter attack. I think we defended pretty resolutely.

“We would have perhaps wanted more of the ball, but overall I think it was a good point, and it’s something to build on.”

While United lost at the Sands Venue Stadium last weekend, it was the league leaders in Forest Green Rovers in town. Thompson feels there are lots of positives to draw from that encounter too to take into the clash against Crawley Town this weekend.

“We’re on home soil, so it’s even more so an opportunity,” he continued.

“It’s a good chance for us to take the positives from the other day and continue to build on them and try to come away with a good result against Crawley.

“For me watching from the side against Forest Green, it was a good team performance, and the lads defended really well in the first half. Lofty had a couple of really good chances and, to be fair, their ‘keeper made some saves.

“With them being the best team in the league at the moment, being top of the table, we played well against them and that can give us confidence that we can do it against anyone.”

Scunthorpe were handed some positive news on Thursday morning that the injury suffered by fellow left-back Mason O’Malley wasn’t as bad as first feared, with the 20-year-old set for just two-to-three weeks on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, it is still an opportunity for the former Blackburn Rovers defender to get a run of games to try and cement his place in the starting XI.

“For me, I’ve just got to try and perform as best as I can do, when selected," he said.

“I’ll keep working hard, and hopefully with that comes game time. It’s never nice for a teammate to get injured, and hopefully Mase is back fit soon, which will give us more strength in depth in the squad.

“At all times, no matter the situation, it always stays the same - trying to work hard, trying to improve. There have been difficult times, and some times that have been good. It’s a fantastic learning curve for me so early in my senior career.

“I can take the lessons from it, move forward and improve, which is a big thing for me.”

See much more from Lewis Thompson and Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.

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