Rory McArdle has been speaking to the media as Scunthorpe prepare to host League One high-flyers Peterborough United on Saturday.
The Iron are unbeaten in their last four league games at Glanford Park and recorded back-to-back home victories in their last two outings against Shrewsbury and Charlton.
Captain Rory McArdle featured in both of those matches for United, following his return from a heel injury that has blighted him for the last couple of months.
Looking ahead to the meeting with Posh on Saturday, the Scunthorpe skipper is under no illusions that it will be an easy game:
“It’s going to be a difficult match, they are on a good little run themselves and have started the season well. They’ve also had quite a few changes throughout the summer with a new manager coming in as well which has given them that extra lift,” McArdle said to the club’s website.
“The majority of people at the club know all about Ivan Toney and the strengths that he’s got, we’ll look at that to see how we are going to deal with it, but we also know that he’s not the only threat.
“We’ll go out there with our own game plan and look to cause them as many problems as possible. Equally, we’ve got to be on our guard, limit their chances because they are going to have people like Ivan to snap them up.”
The 31-year-old was the standout player for his side at Luton last Saturday but was unfortunate to be on the end of a 3-2 defeat. He spoke about the Iron’s recent good home form and how he is hoping they can keep that run going at the weekend:
“We need to not dwell on last weekend’s result (against Luton) too much. We managed to get the win on Tuesday previously against Charlton at home.
“We want to build on that and with everyone’s support, we can keep moving forward up the league, then hopefully by Saturday, we will all be happy.”
McArdle also talked briefly about his recovery from his heel injury and about the competition for places that now exists in the team, as he stated:
“It was frustrating (to be out injured), but equally it’s important that everybody else keeps doing well when they are in the team, so we can keep moving forward as a squad. I’m back now, but as a whole, there’s people fighting for places in every position which is what we want.
“We need everyone fit and firing, so when they are in the team, they can do their utmost to keep themselves in it.”