'Organisation and discipline' key to Scunthorpe United's win at Coventry City says Brian Laws
Brian Laws believes instilling organisation and discipline is all that has been needed to finally get Scunthorpe United's struggling season up and running.
A revival that began with a 4-1 win at Walsall last Tuesday continued yesterday at the Ricoh Arena, where a brace from Leon Clarke saw the Iron come from behind to win 2-1 against Coventry City.
That success means Scunthorpe have now won as many matches in the last five days as they did in the first two-and-a-half months of the campaign.
And Laws, who returned to Glanford Park for a third stint in charge just under a fortnight ago, says it hasn't taken much to transform United's fortunes.
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"There's a long way to go, but it's another step forward," said the Iron boss.
"We built on Tuesday's result, scored another couple of goals, good goals, and had another one disallowed, which shouldn't have been.
"It was a great display of organisation and discipline – that's the thing that's been missing.
"I don't think anyone questions the players' ability, they can all play, but you've got to do the dirty bits.
"Players always buy into things when they get results.
"Now the belief is starting to come back and we've actually got them smiling again – which they hadn't done for quite a while."
Scunthorpe fell behind to Carl Baker's free-kick in the 36th minute, but had got back on level terms before half-time from the penalty spot.
Clarke stepped up to beat former Iron keeper Joe Murphy from 12 yards, but the Sky Blues were unhappy with the decision to award the penalty, which came when the on-loan Charlton striker went to ground after clashing with home centre-back Richard Wood.
"Woody took Leon down and the referee said he used his hand on the last bit. That's why he gave the penalty," Laws explained.
"It did look a little bit strange, but we're happy to take that. "It might have been a bit fortunate, but I still thought it was right.
"We were disappointed to go one down because we were in the ascendancy. Their goal came against the run of play.
"But what was really pleasing is we kept the principles right, we said to make sure we carried on doing what we'd been doing and didn't chase anything.
"We at least deserved to go in 1-1 at half-time.
"Laws admits he has enjoyed a dream return as Scunthorpe manager.But he was quick to apportion any praise on the Iron's players, who he says have quickly bought into the way he wants his side to play.
"Any manager will say that you want your first league win under your belt.
"To win two on the bounce is great reward for the players.
"It's all about them. It's not us, we've just organised them and given them responsibilities as to how we want to play.
"The ability they've got, I don't question that at all. That will always come out.
"They believe in what we say and they're buying into it.
"It's not myself and Russ (Wilcox), it's down to the players. All we've done is given them guidance and leadership.
"They've got to do it on the park and that's what they're doing."
Scunthorpe had to replace full-back Christian Ribeiro at half-time at the Ricoh Arena because he felt his groin.
The Iron though hope he will be okay to train by the end of week, with Laws suggesting the injury wasn't 'too bad'.
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