Boss Brian Laws urges Scunthorpe United fans to play a 'major part' in his first home game
Manager Brian Laws has issued a rallying cry to Scunthorpe United supporters ahead of his first game back at Glanford Park.
The Iron boss accepts many have become 'disillusioned and disappointed' with their team's form at home over the past few seasons, leading to dwindling crowd figures.
However, he hopes back-to-back away wins will be enough to convince fans to come back and play a 'major part' in helping United maintain their upturn in fortunes against Notts County this weekend.
"With them on side you've got a better chance of winning games," said Laws.
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"I think the support has been a bit fragmented, a bit disillusioned and disappointed.
"I keep saying to the players, and I would like to say to the supporters as well, forget the past, it's about now and what's going on in front of us. We can affect that, and if we can affect that it means we can be positive about it.
"I would like the supporters to come out, support the players, get right behind them and create a good atmosphere against a team who are sitting nicely in the league.
"They do play a major part, particularly for a club like Scunthorpe United.
"The supporters are the life and blood of this football club; without them we can't survive, we can't breathe.
"We need them. Not just their support vocally and with bums on seats, but the financial aspect of it as well, which has an impact on whatever we do.
"The past is the past, whatever's gone on has happened.
"A lot of it is down to results. Your fan base at home wants to see a winning team and they've not been seeing a winning team – that's disillusioned a lot of people, I can understand that.
"But now they're seeing the team actually having an effect, working hard and scoring six goals in two games, that tells them we're going in the right direction.
"We might not get everybody back just yet because we need a run of games. And, more importantly, the biggest bulk of our supporters are at home, so we need to show them we can do it here, not just away from home."
Laws feels his team have made great strides in their last two games and is confident they will have a much more positive approach when they face a Magpies side unbeaten in their last 17 away matches.
"Success has always been built at home and the majority of our points have always been taken at home over the last decade or so," said the manager.
"Nobody used to like coming to Glanford Park, they used to hate it because they knew they were in for a tough ride. That's what we've got to try to get back to.
"It's not going to be easy, we're not expecting to flick a switch and everything's rosy in the garden.
"Every game that goes by, they're in a better place, for sure.
"We're in a far better frame of mind, therefore I expect better performances and better results.
"The players have done that and, again, that will give them the power to actually be able to come to Glanford Park and feel positive.
"They're not going to go out there thinking they're going to lose, they're going to go into this game thinking they can win.
"Notts County are going to have a tough game, I can guarantee that, and I want the supporters to back it up."
For Laws, it will be his third homecoming. Saturday will, he says, be a special moment, coming six years after he left to join Sheffield Wednesday.
"I feel like I've been here for ages," he joked.
"We've had three away games, it seems mad. I feel like I've been here all year!
"Russ (Wilcox, his assistant) and I have been talking about it. We've been made very welcome here and we've still got a lot of friends here, so the transition's been very, very easy for us, that's why we feel like we've been here quite a while.
"We're looking forward to the game immensely, for sure."
Readers of the Scunthorpe Telegraph will be able to watch Brian Laws' first home game as Iron boss for up to £5 less than matchday prices.
The Telegraph has teamed up with the Iron to offer fans amazing savings on ticket prices for the game against Notts County on Saturday, November 17.
We will include a voucher in the next edition of the Telegraph, out November 15, which offers £5 off all adult tickets, £3 off concessions and enable entry to the ground for all Under-16s for just £1.
Make sure you pick up a copy on Thursday November 15.