Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill pleads for fans' patience as Iron look to end Glanford Park glumness
It has been the bane of the past couple of seasons at Scunthorpe United.
The reason why the Iron were relegated from the Championship and have spent the past 14 months attempting to avoid the same fate in League One.
Manager Alan Knill says a change of attitude is needed on the pitch and in the stands if United are to improve their home form and make watching them at Glanford Park anything other than a chore.
The Iron's run of league results in front of their own fans is abysmal.
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They have won only 11 of their past 52 home matches – a record stretching back to the summer of 2010.
To put that in perspective, that's only one game more than Scunthorpe managed to win during a single season in 2009-10 as they celebrated arguably their greatest ever achievement – Championship survival.
The Iron attempt to improve on their record of only one home win this season tonight when they tackle play-off-chasing Preston North End.
And though it's been difficult for those on the terraces to utter anything but groans of late, Knill is pleading with fans to back his players providing they show the sort of 'commitment and passion' performances at Glanford Park were once renowned for.
"When things don't go right there's a feeling of 'here we go again'. People are expecting things to go wrong because the home form has been poor for so long," he said, ahead of the clash with the Lilywhites.
"Both parties, us and the supporters, need a change of attitude. No matter what, we're trying to look forward and go forward.
"Sure, I understand people have a right to moan. But players don't make mistakes on purpose.
"As long as they're trying to be positive and trying to do the right thing, sometimes you have to support players and hopefully that will help them the next time.
"Every good side is built on home form.
"You can be more than capable of winning away, but it's usually home form that keeps you up the league.
"That's what we have to address and the sooner the better.
"Some of the performances have been okay, but instances have gone against us and then it feels like everything is against us.
"All we want is the majority to be with us and help the players on the pitch.
"This is a time for change and there has been a massive turnover - but we can affect the mood by being good on the pitch.
"We're trying our best to do that."
Preston were relegated from the Championship alongside the Iron two years ago and are also going through a period of transition under a new manager.
Graham Westley signed 13 players during the summer, a handful from former club Stevenage, and allowed more than 20 of his previous squad to move on.
The Lilywhites have had an up-and-down season so far and face the Iron on the back of three games without a win.
"There's been a high turnover in players, but Graham has his way and you can't help but say he did a great job at Stevenage," Knill said of his side's latest opponents.
"I'm sure he'll be fine at Preston, though if I'm going to be honest, I'm not really too concerned about that.
"I know it will be a tough game – they're one of the favourites to get promoted, as were Swindon and Brentford.
"We're used to facing those sorts of teams at the moment, so all we have to do is give ourselves a chance and that means competing."
Scunthorpe welcome defender David Mirfin back from suspension tonight, though whether he returns to the starting line-up is questionable.
Knill was pleased with the way fit-again Paul Reid performed alongside Niall Canavan during the weekend's 1-1 draw at Swindon Town, which was the former's first match of the campaign.
"We were pleased for Reidy to get 90 minutes," Knill added.
"He was a bit stiff on Sunday – which is to be expected – but we didn't have much choice other than to play him.
"I thought he came through it really well. He brings some qualities we've been missing.
"He took a little bit of warming up yesterday, but we got there in the end!
"You'll have to wait and see what we do."