Scunthorpe United: Josh Walker confident Iron will bounce back against Crewe Alexandra
Josh Walker is confident Saturday's opening day defeat at Crawley Town was just an 'off day' for Scunthorpe United.
But he accepts the Iron have to be on the mettle in both boxes if they are to bounce quickly back against Crewe Alexandra tomorrow night.
United were humbled 3-0 at the newly-promoted Red Devils at the weekend, despite forging – and squandering - the game's best chances at the Broadfield Stadium.
Walker though is pleased to have the chance to quickly make amends for that result and performance as they kick-off their campaign at Glanford Park against another of the third tier's newcomers.
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"It's not the way you really want to start the season, particularly as we'd had a pretty good pre-season," Walker told the Telegraph after the Crawley defeat.
"Since the Man United game there's been a real high within the club – I think that showed against Derby in the Capital One Cup (when the Iron came back from 3-0 and 4-1 down to draw 5-5).
"But football is like that. You come into games and create as many chances as we did without scoring. On another day you comfortably win the game.
"I didn't think Crawley were great – I don't think they're going to be anywhere near the team to beat.
"We pretty much handed them the points. We made it easy for them in key areas.
"We know we've got goals in this side, but we know we can't go into games needing to score five each week.
"We have to defend better as a unit and attack as a unit. On Saturday we didn't get it right at either end.
"But we've just got to bite the bullet really and move on. Crewe is a great game for us."
As well as the opportunity to get their first points of the season, the clash with the Railwaymen is a chance for the Iron to lay down a marker when it comes to their home form this term.
Last season United won only five times in front of their own fans – fewer than any other side in the third tier.
Walker says that has to improve if the Iron are to bring fans back to Glanford Park.
"We had more draws than anyone else in the league last season – probably more than some teams have in two seasons – which is something we want to work on," continued the former Middlesbrough man, a summer signing from Watford.
"We know we've got some quality in this side and defensively, we've got some great defenders.
"We just need to get the mix right and I'm sure we will. We've managed it in pre-season, Crawley was just maybe an off day.
"We're still creating chances and getting in there. It would have been more of a worry if we hadn't created anything."