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Delaney looks to build on midweek result

25 February 2022

On-loan defender Ryan Delaney is looking to build on the point gained against second-placed Northampton Town on Saturday when his side visit Sutton United, who find themselves in the play-off places, on Saturday.

The 25-year-old centre-back, with us from Morecambe until the end of the season, experienced his second clean sheet in Iron colours and believes the performance showed the progress a new-look United team are making with the 0-0 draw against the high-flying Cobblers.

He said: "It was a good result. Northampton are really flying high at the moment and they're a strong side at the top of the league table for a reason. They're obviously fighting for a different task than us but it was a really good form and something to build on for us.

"I feel first and foremost we showed grit, determination and hard work, and Saturday will be another tough task for which we'll need to bring those same characteristics.

"Northampton did bombard us at times but as an eleven we defended our goal really well. It's good to get a clean sheet on board, as it gives your extra confidence going into games and hopefully on Saturday we can get another one.

"They're a really strong side from set-pieces and score a lot from crosses, so we knew what to expect, but we dealt with the challenge very well.

"Sutton are looking at promotion and have done really well this season after getting promoted last year, and we obviously have to be wary of them as they're in the play-offs for a reason. We must bring our 'A game'. It's going to be a tough one but a match we're looking forward to."

Almost a month into his loan stint at the Sands Venue Stadium, Delaney is hoping to make his sixth appearance for the club at Gander Green Lane this Saturday.

He said: "I'm enjoying getting games and feel the more games I play the better I come out of it. I want to keep working hard to stay in the team and help keep the club in the league.

"We're looking to build on Tuesday. We've showed signs and spells in the last few games but we managed to do well over a complete 90 minutes on Tuesday night. We must do the same on Saturday to give ourselves the best chance of getting the result.

"If we can get a run together then that will massively help. We'll just worry about ourselves and pick up the points, and let the rest sort out itself."

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