Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Scoltock wary of Monaghan magic

Derry City defender Mark Scoltock is expecting a tough encounter at Monaghan United tonight.

The Brandywell men, who have won their last eight matches on the bounce, face an equally in-form Monaghan side, who have defeated the likes of Waterford United and Cork City Foras Co-op in recent weeks and because of that the centre-back knows he and his team-mates aren't going to get things their own way.

“Monaghan have been taking points off teams in the last couple of weeks and they are doing well, they are up there at the minute and they'll be up there at the end of the season,” explained the ex-Institute man.

“We just have to prepare the way we have been for every other game this season, but we know we are going to be in for a battle and we know it isn’t going to be easy, but everyone is ready for the tough challenge.

“I don’t think any game in this league is not going to be a battle, so tonight’s match is going to be hard.

“Monaghan are playing well and they are on a good run of results, so their confidence will be up.”

With the likes of David McDaid, James McClean and Patrick McEleney grabbing all the headlines and scoring for fun, the Waterside man has also chipped in with two goals already this season and he hopes there are more to come.

“Everyone seems to be getting in amongst the goals, which again is brilliant and everyone wants to increase their tally,” he said.

“Another pleasing aspect from our last three matches is that we also kept clean-sheets and we just want to build on that too.

“If we can continue to keep clean-sheets, as well as scoring goals, that would be brilliant.

“Everyone is buzzing in the dressing room, we are playing well and even the people on the bench are saying ‘you can't get into the team’.

“However, they know that they have to keep on battling, because everyone knows it’s going to be a squad game this season, so everyone is going to play their part.”