Magical midfielder Mark Duffy having a super spell for Scunthorpe United
IN THE past two games Scunthorpe United have seen the best of Mark Duffy's capabilities, according to Brian Laws.
But the Iron manager would like to see his magical midfielder develop the patience to match his obvious talent.
As well as match-winner, Duffy was goalscorer as he rattled home the only goal of Scunthorpe's game against Stevenage, with precision and pace.
Days earlier he had been the provider, guiding a delightful cross into the Hartlepool United penalty area, from where centre-forward James Alabi took centre stage with a powerful header.
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You cannot doubt Duffy's contribution to United's cause this term – his 14 assists is seven more than the next best contribution – but Laws would love for him to maintain a level head enough to do it more often, especially when it comes to having a pop at goal himself.
"He's got the ability for sure, but we need him in the right areas to do that," Laws told the Telegraph, when asked if the one-time Morecambe man had a go at goal enough.
"On Tuesday he came inside, left-footed, and put it in the corner.
"He is more than capable of hitting shots like that with his left or right foot.
"Keeping him on the park is important to us because, not only can he score you a goal, he can make you one.
"He can be very quiet and then all of a sudden he'll come up with a quality pass or a piece of individual magic that can win you a game."
It was from his usual role on the right of midfield that Duffy scored his fifth goal of the season in midweek.
But he had impressed as an attacking midfielder during the first hour, supporting Karl Hawley.
Laws says it a position he plans to use Duffy in again.
"I'm pleased he got a goal because he gets impatient at times," Laws added.
"He wants to do well in games, but I thought he got a bit frustrated on Tuesday – some of his play was very good, other times he was a bit bitty and lost the ball.
"Second half he stepped up to the mark and won us the game.
"I thought he got in some great areas and helped keep Stevenage on the back foot. It made us play with a tempo and it allowed Duffy to get into good areas.
"The last few games he's had two or three players on him and he hasn't found the space."
The Iron will hope his future contributions are as vital as that on Tuesday.