Sutton pleased to make first start of the season

Image source: Damon Campion/ Scunthorpe United

Levi Sutton was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up for Saturday's game, but the young full back didn't let his manager down and put in a good shift in the 1-1 draw.

Jordan Clarke had picked up a thigh strain in Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy match, meaning Sutton was set to start.

Alexander confirmed that it wasn't a strain that should keep Clarke out for too long, but would 'see how it progresses day-on-day'.

Sutton said post-match that he believed the team weren't at the races in the first 45 minutes, and was disappointed with the goal they conceded early in the second period.

"I think in the first half it wasn’t really us and for the second-half we’ve come out and it wasn't really us again, conceding from a corner.

"The reaction from the lads to turn it around and get the goal was a pretty good reaction, but obviously we’re disappointed with only getting the one point, when we thought we could have come got three." He said.

The 21-year-old may have only got his chance against Dale through the unfortunate injury to a team mate, but Sutton wants to try and hold on to the right back spot and make it his own.

"Like any player, you don’t want to be sat in the stands or sat on the bench, you want to playing in every game you can.

"To get my first 90 minutes of the season is good. I can only push on and try stay in the team."

Sutton applauds the away support. Image source: Damon Campion

Oxford United travel to Glanford Park on Saturday and will provide the Iron with a stern test, with the U's currently topping the League One table, albeit after only two games, and Sutton wants the team to stay fresh and get their first three points of the season.

"We’re playing at home and you always want to play at home after coming to places like Rochdale where it’s hard to get points.

"We need to keep the lads fresh and go again on Saturday."

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