Alan Knill: I've got teams out of trouble and I'll do it with Scunthorpe United
Alan Knill is adamant he remains the right man to guide Scunthorpe United up the League One table, despite their early season struggles.
Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Stevenage was the Iron's third successive loss and means they have picked up only eight points from 11 matches this term – their lowest return at this stage of a campaign since 1985.
Sections of the Scunthorpe support have turned against the United boss, with a small band of the 270 visiting fans at the Lamex Stadium again voicing their discontent.
But Knill remains focused on dragging the club clear of trouble and insists the team are making progress.
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"I've done it before and I'll no doubt do it again. We'll get out of it and we'll be better than we were last year," he said, defiantly.
"We're just having a few teething problems at the moment.
"Don't get me wrong, when my head hits the pillow, I'm not dreaming about clouds - I'm thinking 4-4-2 or whatever.
"As a manager, worry is an absolute constant. You're always thinking and worrying.
"But the only way to get through it is to work harder. As long as you've got players that want to work harder, you do."
Scunthorpe were sunk by a late free-kick at the Lamex Stadium as their tendency to concede goals from set pieces struck again.
It left the Iron camp feeling 'unbelievably disappointed' according to their manager, given Stevenage are unbeaten so far this season and sit second in the table.
"I thought we did enough to get something out of the game and yet we've come away with nothing. That's why we are where we are," Knill conceded.
"I didn't think there was anything in the game.
"At some stages of the first half and in the second it was so quiet. The only time they looked dangerous was when we gave them the ball back.
"I thought we could nick one on the break, or a set play, and yet we get punished and we lose 1-0.
"I'm saying just what I said last week.
"I'm not going to say we're in a false position because the league table doesn't lie.
"We're there because of goals against column, simple.
"Until we sort that out and stop the ball going in the back of our net, it will be a struggle. You're never going to go up the league if you concede goals."