'Fab Feb' hailed by Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws
MANAGER Brian Laws has stressed the importance of keeping a level-head when it comes to Scunthorpe United's attempts of League One survival.
The past week has been a rollercoaster for those connected with the Iron.
The intense low of a poor performance and result against Hartlepool United, another struggling side, on Saturday was all-but banished to a bad memory on the back of Tuesday's single-goal success against Stevenage.
Not getting too down at a defeat and elated after a win is the way those inside the dressing room at Glanford Park will tackle the closing two months of the campaign.
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"Nobody is putting any pressure on the players in an emotional sense," said Laws, whose side currently sit three points above the bottom four, although have played at least one game more than most of their rivals.
"What I've said to them, particularly after the Hartlepool game on Saturday (a 2-1 reverse), is that, 'while yes, it was a defeat, you need to remember what you've achieved'.
"What we had done so far was not to be dismantled after one game.
"I wanted them to put it right on Tuesday and they did."
Laws had admitted in the wake of their pitiful Pools performance that the race to stay out of the bottom four still contained many twists and turns.
"Unless you put a real run together, you're always going to be flirting with the bottom four, putting one foot in it and then out of it," he said at the time.
The way they bounced back though to beat Boro means February has proved their most profitable month of the season by far – they have averaged 1.71 points a game, the fourth best return in League One.
A run of four home victories in five games has also given them a great platform on which Laws says they must build if they to are avoid being sucked back into the bottom four.
"It was important to put in a good performance (against Stevenage) to give everybody a lift – to say to everybody these are not bad players," he added.
"We wanted to win that fourth home game on the bounce, but it didn't happen, so it was about how we responded and we did that in the right manner.
"Everybody is winning around the bottom. But it shows you that anybody can beat anybody in this division.
"It has been a fab Feb. We've had a good return. Hopefully March will be where we can march on."