Scunthorpe United in 'a good place' ahead of Carlisle United test
IT MAY not apply so much to their league position, but Brian Laws says Scunthorpe United are in 'a good place' mentally as they prepare to resume their fight for League One survival against one of the clubs they are looking to catch.
The Iron travel to Carlisle United on Saturday knowing a victory could potentially move them five points clear of the relegation zone - a fortnight after they climbed out of the bottom four.
Five of United's six league wins this season have come on their travels - indeed, Scunthorpe have picked up more points away from home than any other side in the bottom eight.
So while they face a Carlisle team in a decent run of form, having won their last three home games, Laws insists the Cumbrians must also be prepared for a stiff examination of their ability to pull clear of the relegation battle taking place below them.
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"I've seen them on a couple of occasions already, when they've been on a dip in form and since they've recovered as well," said the Iron boss, of Greg Abbott's side.
"They're in decent form at this moment in time and picked up a great result against Coventry the other week.
"They will be buoyant and will be looking forward to this game because they'll think it's a great chance to get three points. But we've got something to say about that.
"I think our performances away from home have been very, very good.
"Our results have come away from home so they'll be in for a tough game."
The bad weather has continued to disrupt the Iron's outdoor training programme, meaning they have spent most of their time of late at their indoor facility at Grove Wharf.
Last week Scunthorpe travelled to the sports complex at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium to use a full size, 3G pitch.
January was seen by many fans of Scunthorpe as a crunch month for the club's survival chances given the opposition they were scheduled to face.
Two draws to start 2013, coupled with the fact that snow and freezing temperatures forced the postponement of last week's home game against Portsmouth has given little insight into whether the Iron have what it takes to pull clear of trouble and avoid a nervy end to the campaign.
Nevertheless, the fact United are out of the bottom four has been a big plus point for their manager.
"At the moment we're on the fence. We've got a leg over - but we're still only sitting on it," Laws acknowledged of the bigger picture.
"But we're in a better frame of mind than we were a couple of months ago and we're certainly in a better place.
"Our performances, certainly since the turn of the year, have been very positive and we're very, very disappointed we haven't picked up maximum points.
"The players are in a good place at this moment in time. There's a good spirit about the place, a good camaraderie as well.
"Everybody is keen to get another good result under our belts and to go on a run."