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The Gaffer On Scunthorpe United

18 February 2022

Manager Robbie Stockdale says he’ll be looking for his players to show the same fighting spirit against Scunthorpe United on Saturday as they did in last weekend’s comeback against Harrogate Town.

Dale came from 3-1 down to secure a point from a 3-3 draw. 

“I’ve watched the game back. Were we great, no, but there were moments in the game where I thought we were good,” said the Gaffer. 

“But obviously the goals are poor, poor goals to concede. I explained that to the players and to be fair, they held their hands up to that. 

“Individual mistakes are hurting us at the moment so we need to make sure that we eradicate them. But on the plus side, we were 3-1 down and deservedly getting criticism, so to come back and fight and claw our way back into the game like we did was a real positive for the squad. 

“That’s what we take forward. We know we can play better, we have in the past, and we’ll need all that fighting spirit again on Saturday when we visit Scunthorpe.”

And Stockdale is expecting a tough test at Glanford Park. 

“It’ll be a really tough game.

“They’ll see it as a chance to claw some points back on us and we’ll see it a chance to pull away, so it’s all to play for.

“They frustrated us when they came here earlier in the season but it’s a new team with new players and a new management team as well, so we’re expecting a really tough game because they’re fighting for their lives and we’re obviously in a position where we need to start picking up points as well. It should make for a good one.”

The Boss also offered an injury update in his pre-match interview, as well as reflected on the midweek behind-closed-doors game against League One opposition. 

Read more HERE or watch the full interview on the club’s YouTube channel below.

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