Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws pleased with response from Iron's players
Iron manager Brian Laws says he has had a 'fantastic response' from the club's players to their derby defeat at Doncaster Rovers.
Scunthorpe were humbled 4-0 by their neighbours at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, with the way they collapsed after going 2-0 down the most alarming aspect of the loss.
Laws laid into his squad post-match, both in the dressing room and the media, questioning their desire and commitment.
And with more than a week to go until their next competitive outing, a home game against in-form Bournemouth, the past couple of days have been devoted largely to the players' mindset.
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"We've had a couple of fantastic meetings with the players this week," said Laws.
"We've put the ball to one side and we've had a fantastic response which we're hoping will transfer on to the traning ground and give everyone a better understanding.
"Certainly we're showing them the positives we've achieved, against the likes of Walsall, Coventry and Notts County and the negatives of the first-half against Bury and the second-half at Doncaster.
"The main thing we've tried to work on with players is their mindset.
"We've already seen the good bits when they're on top and have a good understanding about each other. Results have come from that.
"But also there's a weakness there. A breakdown when we concede goals and a fragileness that's been there all season.
"We're trying to tap into the players' minds, because it's not about ability or physicality, it's their mentality.
"We need to get between their ears and work with them to try to give them a better understanding.
"The players have been very responsive over the past couple of days and we're delighted with that."
Scunthorpe will step up their work on the training ground next week and hope to have Michael Collins back in the fold.
The former Huddersfield Town midfielder started Laws' first game back in charge of the Iron, the 4-0 FA Cup first round loss at Gillingham, but has since been struggling with an ankle problem.
"Michael is looking to push to join in with us next week, which is encouraging," continued the United boss.
"This is probably the best time for him to come back. It can give him a foundation to build on because he needs a bit more time to get absolutely spot on.
"But his frame of mind is very, very good.
"Paul Reid has only got to miss one more game, so he'll be back after Bournemouth. We've got to keep him at the top of his fitness because he'd been playing exceptionally well.
"David Mirfin is still going to be out for a while – he's still on his long course of treatment.
"But everybody else is fine."