McCall jokes of a playing return after poor display at Accrington

Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall joked that he would have considered picking himself for Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy game with Wolves but for a sore knee, following an abysmal first half display in a 1-1 draw Accrington.

The Iron were lucky not to be three down at the break and McCall bemoaned Scunthorpe’s lack of ability to pass or control the ball in a half where the hosts could easily have put the game to bed had they taken their chances.

“I don’t think I’ve been involved in a team that was as poor in possession during the first 45 minutes”, McCall told BBC Radio Humberside.

“Accrington played with a desire to get around the park and stop us, but we’re better than what we showed in the first-half and the lads are honest enough to admit that.

“There was a basic inability to pass and control a ball. They’ve not shown that this week but, for some reason, it spread through the team and you lose a little bit of confidence”.

“We’ll watch the game back now (on the way home) and there will be so much we can look at to help improve the players.

“There’s no doubt we have much work to do, but I’m looking forward to helping the players get better as a group, and that can only help us as a club.

“I feel exasperated because I always want my team to play well, but you take a point away from home at any level, especially when it’s a performance like we put in.”

When asked whether he would make changes for the visit of Wolves U21 on Tuesday he quipped: “If I didn’t have such a sore knee, I might have been thinking of a comeback after that first 45 minutes.

“We will mix it up. We will have a look at personnel. They need pushing a bit more. We need to get a bit more out of them”.

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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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