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McCall relishing Sunderland test

Iron boss Stuart McCall says his side will relish the opportunity to play infront of a packed Glanford Park when high-flying Sunderland visit Glanford Park this weekend.

The Iron are expecting their biggest attendance of the season for the visit of the Black Cats and McCall has challenged his players to replicate recent performances, which have seen the club rise to 15th in the table.

“It’s games like this which is what being a player is all about because you want to play in front of the biggest crowds”, McCall told the press.

The visitors go into the game as clear favourites and will be roared on by over 2,000 fans in North Lincolnshire, but Scunthorpe are looking to extend their good run of form and you can find betting deals for you online, with Scunthorpe a best price 13/5 to make it five wins on the bounce this weekend.

“It should be a great atmosphere and as long as we put the same effort and endeavour into it like we have done in recent weeks, then we’ve got a good chance.”

“Obviously, we know Sunderland travel in great numbers, and they have fantastic support, but our support has also been really good recently.

“Away from home down at Peterborough and Walsall and at home to Coventry in the last game at Glanford Park, there were a lot of noise, with the fans getting behind the players which was great.

“So everyone is really looking forward to it and it’s got the makings of a tough game, but one that we are ready for.”

Sunderland currently sit third in the table following a good first half to the campaign and McCall reserved praise for Mackems’ manager Jack Ross for the impact he has made at the club since his arrival in the summer.

“Jack came in over the summer and they have had a big change at the club. They sent a lot of players out and brought a lot in, so they have recruited well in most areas.

“They have got good attacking threats in the wide areas, with four wide men, who on their day are as good as anything. McGeady, Maguire, Gooch and Watmore all have good pace and ability.

“However, we are at home and we are going to look to carry our own threats as well. So, as much as we are aware of what they possess, we have also got good belief and we want to keep this run going.” 

McCall added that the there were no fresh injury worries ahead of the game: “It’s been really good, and I’ve got to say, I’m delighted.

“In Tuesday and Thursday’s sessions, we’ve had 20 players training, with the standard and the quality being great. You can see everyone is pushing each other and it’s a battle to start the game. If we can play as well as we have trained this week, I’ll be more than happy.”

“We’ve got similar personnel to choose from, but what was right at Peterborough, when we went with three centre halves, in my mind wasn’t quite right for Walsall away. Likewise, what was right at Walsall away, might not be right for Sunderland at home.

“I’ve watched a lot of Sunderland, there are a few tweaks we could make both in terms of personnel and tactics, or we could keep it the same, so it’s nice to have food for thought.”

Black Cats boss Jack Ross also has his own selection headache as Lee Cattermole returns from suspension and George Honeyman is back in the frame following injury.

McCall said: “Cattermole will be back from suspension and he’s a great servant for them. I know he gets his criticism in certain areas, but he’s in their engine room and he’s a leader, so he’ll be a big bonus for them.

“Honeyman, their captain may also be available, but they’ve got a big squad and they have plenty of quality to choose from. We’ll concentrate on what we can do, but we always give respect to the opposition and we do our homework on them.”


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