Byrne not fooled by opening day result
Scunthorpe skipper Cliff Byrne feels there will be no favourites going into tomorrow's clash at Glanford Park. While City lost their opening match 3-2 at home to Watford, the Iron secured a 2-1 win away to much-fancied Reading.
Scunthorpe skipper Cliff Byrne feels there will be no favourites going into tomorrow's clash at Glanford Park.
While City lost their opening match 3-2 at home to Watford, the Iron secured a 2-1 win away to much-fancied Reading.
But Byrne thinks it is still too early to be reading anything into those results.
“I don't expect the opening results to mean anything,” Byrne stated. “Norwich have got a terrific squad, they ran riot in League One last year, but it's only one game of the season so it won't make a blind bit of difference to how they'll perform or how we will.
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“All we know is that it's going to be a difficult game at home but we are the home team and we have always got a lot of confidence in our own ability when we play at home.
“It's a wide open league so it's the team that gathers momentum the quickest that can find themselves up among the higher regions of the league.
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“But I'm sure every team will fancy their chances so Norwich will take care of their own business.
“But I'm not too concerned at how they do, it's all about how we do. We just want to plod along nice and quiet and if people don't pay us attention then that suits us. The boys are bubbling and when you win games, you just want the next game to come around quick.
“We've recovered well from the last game and I'm sure we'll be champing at the bit to get going.”
Byrne is all too aware of the threat City pose, however. The right-back is expecting a tough afternoon up against fellow Irishman Wes Hoolahan.
“Wes is a different type of winger, he's not the old-fashioned sort of winger,” said Byrne. “He gets you into those areas where you're not sure you want to be. He's a good player and it will be good to catch up with him.”
And Byrne is wary of Grant Holt's return to form against Gillingham.
“You know you are going to have to earn your keep when you are up against a striker of his quality,” said Byrne.
“He's hard working, never gives it a minute and he's got a goal in his locker so he is one that we will have to keep close tabs on.”