Club captain Harry Davis was happy to make his return to the Iron’s starting line-up after an injury lay-off which kept him out of the side for seven weeks.
The 30-year-old pulled up in the warm-up with a calf injury ahead of the side’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Doncaster Rovers and has since been on the road to recovery.
Speaking on his return, he told iFollow Iron: “It’s been very frustrating. I had a scan after pulling out of the Doncaster game and found out it was going to be six weeks as it was a high Grade Two tear.
“It’s been a hard six weeks, but thankfully I got through 90 minutes. I’ve absolutely loved being back out there. It was a disappointing result, but our performance in patches was good.
“The 90 minutes will do me the world of good. Obviously, I’ve still got to get a lot fitter. It was my first game in seven weeks, so I wasn’t coming in match sharp, but I got chucked back in because Manny (Onariase) was out. I’m grateful to have been back out there, and hopefully I can kick on now.”
Reacting to the slender 1-0 defeat on the day, Davis felt the referee missed a foul on himself which was in the build-up to the Cumbrians winning a corner from which the away side scored the only goal of the game.
Giving his views on the decision and the game as a whole, he continued: “We had a lot of the ball and started the game well. We moved the ball really well at times, particularly in the first half an hour.
“We’ve got to try and score during that spell as we were well on top. The game has come down to a foul on me in the build-up which leads to a corner, and they score from that corner. The ball takes a deflection off (Tom) Pughy’s face.
“From the on until half-time, we struggled a little bit and there was a lot of turnover of possession. We regrouped at half-time and had a lot of the ball again in the second half, but we didn’t really create too much.”
United now have two games on the road to contend with, first travelling to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday before a long away trip to Exeter City on January 15th.
The side go into the fixture following just one defeat in six league games.
“All we can do is look ahead and work hard,” he continued.
“It’s a frustrating one to take, and there are plenty of games that I’ve played and fans will have seen where you dominate the game and lose 1-0 to a set play. We’ve got to look to the next game now and see if we can get a positive result at Tranmere.”