Brian Laws pleased to see Scunthorpe United looking more solid - and Paul Reid has played huge part
CLUB captain Paul Reid is not just an important component in the Scunthorpe United defence, he is a central figure in the Iron's hopes of staying in League One.
The former Barnsley and Colchester United centre-back is currently enjoying his best form of the campaign in the eyes of boss Brian Laws, having missed the first two and a half months through a hand injury.
Statistics back up the Iron manager's assessment too.
In the 18 matches Reid has sat out through that broken hand - and a three-match suspension for being sent off against Notts County in November - Scunthorpe have lost 12 times.
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In comparison, they have suffered only five defeats in 14 when their skipper has been part of the starting XI.
“I think our improvement has coincided with the fact he's been back in the side," said Laws, of the 30-year-old, who is one of a number of Scunthorpe players to be out of contract in the summer.
“He's a valuable member of the team - we've missed him when he's been out of it and we look more solid when he's playing.
“There's no doubt keeping him fit and on the pitch is important for us between now and the end of the season."
A Reid-inspired Scunthorpe back four has become harder to breach in the past few weeks.
Although they still have one of the worst defensive records in League One the Iron have conceded only five times in as many games, a factor which has not gone unnoticed by their manager ahead of tomorrow's trip to Crewe Alexandra.
“We look a much more solid unit - not like we're going to concede at any moment," he enthused.
“That's a big change, because we're talking about the same players here."