First year professional Dan Gallimore gave his view following the slender 1-0 defeat away at runaway leaders Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
The 19-year-old made his second career league start at the Fully Charged New Lawn, deployed in the middle of three central defenders.
Reacting to the narrow defeat, he told iFollow Iron: “I thought we did well. In the first half, we matched them. In the second half, we unfortunately conceded from a set piece.
The hosts were awarded a controversial free-kick which lead to the match winner the 75th minute, but the academy product alluded to dealing with the resultant set-piece after the decision was awarded.
“They can be given, but we should defend the set piece better than we did, so there are no excuses,” he continued.
“We said before the game to not fear them. They’re top of the league, we went toe-to-toe with them, worked hard, but unfortunately conceded that set piece.”
Speaking about his role in the heart of the Scunthorpe defence, Gallimore was supported by Ryan Delaney to his left and Jai Rowe to his right.
With his first league start at Tranmere Rovers coming in central midfield, he feels he is gaining the attributes to be deployed in a number of positions.
“I really enjoyed it. Usually, I’m in midfield, but this season I have been playing centre-half more and I’ve really enjoyed it to be fair,” he stated.
“I wouldn’t mind taking that position on more in the future. It’s been a different experience, and probably more physical. Their forward (Jamille Matt) was a big lad. It’s different ways and views of playing football, but it was good.
“Every game is a test, but it was a big test for me coming up against those players, but I enjoyed it.
“This year, I’ve learnt quite a lot under the gaffer. He’s helped me out and given me opportunities like this game to get first team experience. He puts his belief in his young players, so it’s really encouraging for all of us.
“It’s our job to take the chances we get given, so we’ve got to step up when we do get them.”
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