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Millen: We need to show it for a longer period of time

27 September 2021

Defender Ross Millen vented his disappointment at the goal conceded that was the difference between the Iron and Port Vale on Saturday.

Ben Garrity slotted home the only goal of the game just before half-time, with United coming closest to a leveller when Manny Onariase’s effort was cleared off the line by Tom Conlon.

“It was a poor goal to concede. I don’t think there was a lot in the game apart from that,” he said, talking to iFollow Iron.

“They’re the sort of games where you should go home with a point, not being really happy with the performance, but you regroup and go again - after last week (at Carlisle) which was a really good performance.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think we did enough to get more today.”

The side had responded well to a disappointing defeat to Exeter City a couple of weeks ago by putting a good performance in at Carlisle, but the full-back was disappointed that didn’t transfer across to the side’s latest match at the Sands Venue Stadium.

“We’re at home, we should be on the front foot, and we should be trying to win the game,” he continued. 

“It’s fine margins in football, but in the same sense we are better than that.

“We watched the goal we conceded after the game and it’s a poor one to concede as a team. There’s no getting away from it, there are no excuses. We hold our hands up and it cannot happen again.”

United again have a chance to bounce back, this time with three consecutive matches on the road in league and cup, beginning with a long trip to face Newport County at the weekend.

“The season is a rollercoaster, we know that,” he stated.

“But we want to have a decent rollercoaster and not a bad one. What we need to do is get back on the training pitch again, rectify the mistakes and make sure we do the basics.

“The gaffer and the coaching staff can only do so much, and sometimes it’s not up to them. When we go over the white line, it’s up to us and we know what we need to do. There’s enough experience and know-how in there. It’s up to us to take that on board and push on.

“We’ve shown in games that we are good enough, but we need to do it for a longer period of time.”

See much more from Ross Millen and Neil Cox on iFollow Iron.

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