New dad David Mirfin not getting carried away by Scunthorpe United's first win
Stand-in skipper David Mirfin says four points from their last two games is reason for cautious optimism at Scunthorpe United.
But the determined defender is keen to see the Iron maintain the standards set during Saturday's opening victory of the campaign when they return to the road at Oldham Athletic tonight.
"We said about the (Sheffield) United game last week that it was a something to build on, a platform," said the 27-year-old.
"We did that at Shrewsbury and now we've got to carry that on and continue it at Oldham.
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"But I don't think we can get carried away, because there are still things we can work on.
"Everything came together at Shrewsbury. We did the things we know we can do – it's just a case of now being consistent and making sure we do it every game.
"I felt confident, even when we were losing games.
"If you're losing and not creating chances I think we'd have worried a little bit more. But we were having good periods of possession; it just wasn't falling for us.
"You have to have that belief in yourself, keep doing what you think is right and hopefully it will come."
Mirfin followed manager Alan Knill's lead by praising the impact strike duo Leon Clarke and Karl Hawley had at Shrewsbury in what were their first starts for Scunthorpe.
As well as making their presence felt on the pitch, the centre-back says the Black Country duo – who hail from neighbouring Wolverhampton and Walsall respectively – also have the necessary experience to keep United's younger players focused.
Mirfin continued: "Clarkey has got two in two now – which shows how good a player he is – and Karl got his first start and did really well.
"They look like a really good partnership straight away.
"There's a lot of good movement and they're powerful and quick. Today showed that they can work together and they know where the goal is.
"I've said before that we've had quite a young dressing room and when you don't start so well, like we did, the younger lads probably get a bit more down than the experienced ones."They've come in and have enjoyed training and have probably livened it up a bit as well."I think they've been a really good couple of signings. Long may it continue."
Having been impressed by his side's new faces, Mirfin is looking forward to being reunited with an old one at Boundary Park.
Former club captain Cliff Byrne has been a first-team regular since joining the Latics in the summer when his 10-year association with the Iron came to an end.
The Irishman, who has been playing at centre-back for Oldham, had 3,000 fans attend a benefit game in his honour during July and is sure to receive a great reception from United's travelling supporters tonight.
Mirfin remains close pals with his former defensive team-mate – though isn't looking forward to rekindling their friendship at corners.
"I hope not," grinned the Yorkshireman, when asked if he'll be marking Byrne at set pieces.
"But I think he'll be really looking forward to the game – and I'll be looking forward to seeing him.
"I think he's enjoying himself, so it'll be a good game."
New dad Mirfin will hope the arrival of his first child continues to act of something of a lucky charm for the Iron.
Isla Maisie Mirfin was born at 1am on Thursday – 48 hours before United won 1-0 at Shrewsbury Town.
At least it won't be results causing him sleepless nights.