McArdle looking for Iron to be more clinical

Scunthorpe captain Rory McArdle is looking for his side to be more clinical when they are on top in games, following back-to-back defeats in League One.

The Iron failed to find the back of the net against Posh on Saturday, despite having the lion’s share of possession and 18 attempts on goal (four on target) during the match.

McArdle believes that United have been unfortunate to not come away with any points from their last two games:

“We are all a little disappointed with the outcome. It was a game that we thought that we should have taken something from,” the captain told the club’s website.

“In the first half, we played well, and I think we carried on doing so until they scored. I think when they did score, it knocked the stuffing out of us, but equally, it’s something we can’t dwell on too much. However, when we have these sort of games, we need to try and at least take a point from them.”

The Iron had been in good form at home prior to the Peterborough loss and the centre-back, just last week, talked about his hopes of building on that. But after Scunthorpe’s run at Glanford Park came to end, he said:

“It’s always disappointing to lose at home when you are playing in front of your own fans, especially when I feel like, for the majority of the game, we were in control.

“However, that’s just football sometimes and it shows that when you are on top, you need to try to be clinical. Equally, when you are on the backfoot and go a goal down, you need to stick together and try push for the equaliser.”

Although McArdle is pleased that the side are creating chances, he did admit his displeasure with the way the Iron conceded the goals they did against Posh: “Whenever you can create chances in football, it always gives you that opportunity to try and get a foothold in the game.

He continued: “We will have to look at the goals we let in again and they were disappointing from our point of view. Maybe it was just a little lapse in concentration and decisions going against us at times, but we just have to keep working on it to try and get those clean sheets,” he said.

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Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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