'Body language' is better when Scunthorpe United concede says Iron boss
BOSS Brian Laws is sure Scunthorpe United have the mental strength neccessary to finish outside of the League One relegation zone this season.
The Iron manager was pleased with the way his side dug in and hung on to claim three points at Colchester United on Saturday, despite the U's piling on the pressure after they had pulled the scoreline back to 2-1.
Laws believes the United squad have found the sort of character they were lacking during the early part of the campaign, when they slid into the bottom four.
"If you look at the players' body language, I think that tells a big story," he explained.
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"In recent times when we've conceded a goal, their body language tells you you're in for a tough afternoon.
"On Saturday they had their chests out and rolled their sleeves up, something they didn't do in the early part of this season.
"That's why this football club is in a mess but now the players are learning the mentality it takes to win games.
"Sometimes it's not about talent, it's about what's between the ears.
"They've shown they have that mentality, but they also need proof and proof is winning games. When you do that, you get that injection of confidence you need.
"Since the turn of the year they've shown a mentality that we're not going to get beat."
Saturday's result means Scunthorpe will go in search of back-to-back wins for only the second time this season when crisis club Portsmouth visit Glanford Park at the weekend, weather permitting.
Having climbed out of the drop zone, Laws is determined to ensure the Iron stay there and a victory against Pompey - who are without a win in 13 games - could move them five points clear of the bottom four.
"I'm just disappointed we haven't come out of there earlier," Laws added.
"I said we needed to be out of there by the end of January, so we've achieved the goal we aimed for. Our goal now is to make sure we don't go back in.
"At the moment it's so tight. One bad result can put you back in there.
"We've got to capitalise on the game against Portsmouth. We have to want it more than them."