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Ogle: It's good to be back for this weekend

13 October 2022

Iron defender Reagan Ogle has reflected on the team's recent form and previewed the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie against South Shields.

Ogle missed out last weekend due to suspension after picking up five yellow cards so far this season, and is looking forward to returning this coming Saturday.

He said: “It was a tough one because I never like sitting out for any reason, whether that’s an injury or a suspension. Unfortunately, I had to take it on the chin, but it’s good to be back for this weekend.”

The Australian also spoke about the result against Aldershot, adding: “The boys went 1-0 down again unfortunately, but they stepped up to get to 3-1. I think that lapse in concentration did us in again and unfortunately it ended in a draw. We have to look on the bright side that we’re six undefeated, and have to try turn some of these draws into wins.”

He went on to talk more about the teams unbeaten run, adding: “I think there’s a change of mentality around the place and me and the boys know we can do it. We have to tighten up a bit in defence, which is what we’ve been working on, and hopefully from here on out we’ll stop leaking as many goals.”

As well as being unbeaten in six, the Iron have also come from behind in each of them games, with Ogle saying: “You have to give credit to the lads to be able to do that, it’s easy to go the other way and crumble. Luckily for us we go the other way, pull up our socks, and go again. We know we can score goals so it’s just about stopping those weak ones going in at the minute.”

On this weekend's upcoming fixture, he said: “No matter what round of the FA Cup it is you have to take it seriously, especially with the lower league teams when you don’t know what they’re about. We know South Shields are a big name in non-league, they’ve got a good backing as well, so we can’t write them off in any case. We have to go out there like a normal game and throw everything at it.”

He continued to talk about the importance of a good cup run, after experiencing one himself with Hartlepool last season. He said: “Hopefully, we can turn our attention to this, get a good win, and take that mentality back into the league. That would be brilliant.”

The defender finished by reflecting on his time in Scunthorpe so far, where he has already played in several positions across the back line. He stated: “I enjoy it. People always ask me whether I’m a left back or a right back, but I just say defender now as I’ll happily play anywhere. I’ve also enjoyed the odd centre back role.

“It’s good that the gaffer can put me in and be comfortable with me playing in multiple positions. As long as I’m out there helping the lads that’s all that matters.”

See much more from Reagan Ogle and Tony Daws on Iron Player.

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