Boss Brian Laws hopes back-to-back wins will restore Scunthorpe United's confidence at Glanford Park
BOSS Brian Laws admitted he was shocked and saddened to learn it had been two years since Scunthorpe United last recorded back-to-back home wins.
March 2011 was the last time Glanford Park witnessed two victories on the spin, when the Iron beat Sheffield United then Swansea during their ill-fated spell in the Championship.
That long run was finally brought to an end on Saturday when Laws' team followed a midweek success over Portsmouth with a 2-1 triumph against Crawley Town.
It was the second of five matches on home territory during February for Scunthorpe, and the manager hopes further results will follow.
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"I can't believe it's two years since the supporters have seen a back-to-back win," said Laws.
"It's astonishing and I'm sad to actually see that because the supporters have put in a lot of effort and commitment and finance.
"They want to see their teams winning games at home.
"It's not about the performance, it's about winning games and walking away from the ground with a smile on their face.
"I'm delighted for the players, but I'm more delighted for the supporters to see two back-to-back wins in this batch of home games we have.
"We've highlighted it and everybody's built these games up as must-win games.
"Great credit to the players, without playing the best football, there's a resilience about us and a determination.
"If you put hard work in, the effort will be rewarded, and it certainly was rewarded on Saturday."
After a goal-less first half, Scunthorpe were caught napping after the restart when former Iron stalwart Matt Sparrow tapped home to give Crawley the lead.
The hosts had created the better of the chances in the opening period without finishing them off, but equalised against the run of play when Jimmy Ryan was on hand to follow-up Michael Collins' saved shot.
Just over 10 minutes later, Niall Canavan headed in a corner to turn the result on its head.
As they look to pull away from the bottom four, Laws says the Iron's last two results can go some way to restoring confidence amongst the squad.
"Probably the saddest part of it is none of the players in the dressing room have actually tasted two home wins (on the trot)," he said.
"There's been a lot of changes in the last few years and there's nobody really that's tasted it.
"That's a long time and confidence has obviously been sucked out of them, particularly at home. That's why they've been so poor.
"This will go a long way to bringing a little bit of joy back but also to give us confidence going into our next game (on Tuesday, against Carlisle United).
"You always build confidence with wins.
"We're not getting carried away with it, we just believe building blocks are going in place to make us much more solid.
"We have a belief about us and a resilience that if we go a goal down, we don't worry about it."