Alan Knill says Scunthorpe United must ease burden on Leon Clarke
In Leon Clarke, they have one of League One's most in-form strikers.
But Scunthorpe United must ease the goal-scoring burden currently resting on the on-loan Charlton Athletic front man's shoulders, according to their manager.
Since joining the Iron, Clarke has been a revelation, netting in each of his five matches.
Worryingly, though, for Scunthorpe's hopes of climbing the table, they are almost the only goals United have scored in the league this term.
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Aside from Clarke, Mike Grella is the only other Iron player to have scored in League One. He notched in the 2-1 loss to Crewe Alexandra during the opening week of the season.
Boss Alan Knill says that has to change – starting tonight, when his side host leaders Tranmere Rovers.
"We need someone else to score apart from Leon," said the Iron manager.
"Don't get me wrong, I'll be delighted if he keeps scoring but we need others to weigh in because they are good enough to.
"We talked about set plays with the players yesterday morning.
"We must have a free header nearly every game and yet we don't put it in the back of the net.
"We have to be more clinical in the opposition half.
"We're pretty good at getting the first goal, now we need to get a second because usually that kills the game.
"Our shot count is usually higher than the opposition's, but it's putting them in the back of the net that counts. That's what we have to be better at."
While Clarke continues to find the net for fun, his strike partner Karl Hawley has found the going tougher.
Signed a day before Clarke came in on loan, the 30-year-old, coming to the end of the first month of his three-month Scunthorpe contract, has undoubtedly added power and presence to the Iron front line.
Knill believes it is only a matter of time before the same can be said about goals.
"He's a really good player – him and Leon complement each other so well," he said of Hawley.
"He adds strength, his work ethic is good and the link play between the pair is really good. The only thing that's missing is a goal.
"Once he gets one, I think he'll get a load. It's just about getting that first one.
"He's had a couple of good chances that he's admitted himself he should have done better with.
"But the more games he gets and sharper he gets, there will be goals."
Scunthorpe's struggle for goals is in stark contrast to their opponents tonight.
Table-topping Tranmere – a surprise fixture at the League One summit – have scored 22 times this season, five more than any other team in the division.
Striker Jake Cassidy, on loan from Wolves, and winger Andy Robinson have both, individually, netted more times than the Iron as a whole.
Nevertheless, having lost only once in their past seven meetings with Rovers, Knill is confident United can spring an upset and become the first side to beat Ronnie Moore's side.
He added: "Three of the top scorers in the league play for Tranmere - they're scoring a lot of goals.
"I think everybody is surprised with how they've started the season, probably even Ronnie.
"But that's how it is. They're there on merit because they've beaten some good teams.
"It's a tough game, but I think we're more than capable of getting a result as long as we're on our game."