Scunthorpe Utd: Knill - Iron need to change mentality when in front
Scunthorpe United are happy to sacrifice performances for points if it means they finally manage to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
The Iron are third bottom in League One on the back of just four wins this season – but manager Alan Knill is hoping the return fixture against one of the few sides to have fallen victim to them this term will spark a run of results.
United had yet to win any of their first nine fixtures when Yeovil Town visited Glanford Park at the end of September.
Two goals from Damien Mozika that afternoon earned the home side a 2-1 success, despite their overall play struggling to match the standards previously yet.
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Knill admits a similar scenario would be more than welcome at Huish Park on Saturday, when the Iron attempt to complete their first double of the campaign.
"It's got to the stage now where we just want to win," groaned the United boss.
"We want to play football and we've got some players who can, but however the ball goes into the net doesn't matter.
"People will say some of the draws we've had have been good results, but in a lot of them we've been leading. Once you lead, I don't think you should lose.
"You've worked really hard to get in that position, so you should work really hard not to throw it away. If you do, three points disappear into one point."
Knill's words are backed up by a quick look at the Iron's statistics.
They have scored first in 12 of their 27 league matches this term, but have gone on to win only three times – the worst return in the division.
Without an improvement, Scunthorpe are staring at a second successive relegation.
But Knill, who admits his 11 months in charge at Glanford Park have been his most frustrating in football, is confident of success.
"When I was at Bury, I had a record for ages that when we took the lead, we never lost," he said.
"All good teams have a mentality of keeping the ball out of their own net. Once they take the lead, it's game over.
"For three years I've not been used to losing, so it's been difficult here.
"But we're working pretty hard at trying to change that and bringing in new players and fresh faces helps. If people don't do their jobs, we've got other people who can."