Good communication helping keeper Steve Mildenhall quickly settle in at Scunthorpe United
Proving that it really is good to talk, keeper Steve Mildenhall says communication has been the biggest factor in helping him settle straight into the Scunthorpe United first-team.
Naturally vocal, the Millwall loanee has rapidly developed an understanding with the Iron back line, helping them to successive wins under Brian Laws.
Having previously conceded seven goals in two games prior to the managerial change, against Walsall and Coventry, United let in just two.
It has been a welcome return to action for Mildenhall, who has been out of favour at his parent club – and he is confident he will only get better.
"I've been three months without playing first-team football," said the 34-year-old.
"I've been playing every other week or so in Under-21 football or reserves. It's not the same tempo.
"In that respect, I've been happy. I think I can do better and get better, but as a starting base I've been happy with these two games.
"It's just getting used to the pace of the game, especially as a goalkeeper. Fitness isn't too much of an issue because you do plenty of physical work in the week, it's the tempo and getting your eye back on it, it's getting the game time.
"Thankfully, I feel like I've hit the ground running.
"I feel like I've put in two solid performances, but I feel I can get better and hopefully contribute more and more to the team.
"It's a very good back four, we seem to have got an understanding between us straight away.
"Talking is a big thing in football for me, I think that helps.
"The more you can communicate with people, the more you can understand each other, the more you know where each other's going to be.
"It seems as if it's worked at this moment in time, but it's something we've still got to build on it, still work on it in training and hopefully we'll keep picking up the points and climbing the league."
Mildenhall has been 'mightily impressed' by what he's seen from his team-mates so far.
Now just one point and one place away from climbing out of the bottom four, improvements are steadily being made.
Scunthorpe fell behind to Carl Baker's free-kick in the first half on Saturday, but fought back to triumph 2-1 thanks to a Leon Clarke brace.
"I thought they were exceptional on Saturday. The lads were even stronger than the other night at Walsall," Mildenhall said.
"Football's a crazy, crazy sport; all you need is one result, something just to spark that confidence and it comes flooding back. Thankfully, this week, it seems as if it has.
"On Saturday, we went 1-0 down, which is disappointing. It's an annoying goal.
"We stuck five in the wall, and they went and stuck two and we've got a charger, so to all intents and purposes you've got eight in the wall in front of you.
"The boy (Baker) has decided to use them all as a shield and by the time it's come round the end of the wall, I just haven't had time to react to it.
"It's annoying because it's gone in my side.
"We'll look at it, possibly I should do better with it, but it's a hard one when they're that close to you.
"Thankfully, it's not cost us.
"The boys did brilliantly, their heads haven't dropped, which I think is an excellent response, and we've gone down the other end and got a deserved penalty.
"After that we just kept getting stronger and stronger."
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.
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