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McGeehan: "We look really solid."

23 August 2018

Cameron McGeehan say there is a positive atmosphere in the camp following Tuesday evening’s 4-0 victory over Rochdale.

Barnsley have now kept four consecutive Sky Bet League One clean sheets this season and also scored ten goals in their opening four fixtures.

Heading into Saturday’s clash with Scunthorpe United, the Reds’ midfielder feels there are reasons to be optimistic ahead of the game at Glanford Park.

“I think the defenders will be saying that they’re happy with the clean sheets and the strikers are happy with the goals, the manager will obviously be happy with both and it’s good because it means we’re doing well in all areas,” said McGeehan.

“We haven’t really been tested yet; Adam Davies has hardly had a save to make. Doing the pressing high up makes it easier at the back and you can see that the back four have been really solid as well, so, at the minute, it’s good.

“When you’re three or four-nil up, it keeps you switched on to keep that clean sheet because sometimes you can get a bit sloppy, but we’ve not looked in any danger. The more and more we play against teams it’ll get harder, but at the minute we look really solid.”

Scunthorpe head into this weekend’s fixture on the back of a 5-0 thumping at home to Fleetwood Town on Wednesday night.

The Iron, who finished in the play-offs last season, are currently 18th in the table and have conceded eight goals in their last two outings.

However, McGeehan is anticipating a potentially cagey encounter when the Reds travel to North Lincolnshire on Saturday.

“We’re going to have to adapt – we had a similar thing at Luton with it being quite a hard place to go,” continued the 23-year-old. “People will come here and think it’s a tough game because they’re near the top of the league and they might need to change their game.

“You might see this with Scunthorpe, but it’s definitely something that we’re going to come up against and we just need to be patient and some games you’re just going to win 1-0 – it’s not going to be three or four every game.”

McGeehan spent the second half of last season on loan at Glanford Park and scored a memorable equaliser in the play-offs as Scunthorpe came from 2-0 down to level the semi-final first leg against Rotherham United.

It was a productive temporary move for the midfielder, who believes the Iron will be looking for a reaction after their recent poor results.

“They lost a lot of their better players, I think the whole starting eleven has changed so it’s a tough job for Nick Daws and Andy Dawson as well; they did a good job last year and obviously had a good win on the first day of the season, but it’s tough,” said McGeehan.

“There’s a bit of transition there and they’ve got a few players coming back from injury, but they’ll be up for the game because they’ll want to show a good reaction and give something back to the fans after that 5-0 loss at home. If we can get an early goal and apply pressure, if they’re low on confidence it might help us.”


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