Togetherness is the key to Scunthorpe United climbing the table, stresses manager Brian Laws
Rebuilding the relationship between players and fans is the key to success at Scunthorpe United, according to Brian Laws.
And the Iron boss believes the manner of his side's first league win in six weeks has begun to do just that.
Laws has seen the best and the worst of United in his first week back at Glanford Park – as they followed up a 4-0 FA Cup capitulation at Gillingham by walloping Walsall 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The Iron boss has instructed players to celebrate successes like the latter of those two results with the supporters who had grown frustrated with their failings this season – and the 126 travelling fans at the Banks's Stadium lapped it up.
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Getting the squad to let their hair down though, may take some time given Laws' comments in light of their Walsall win.
"It was a strange mood in the dressing room after the game," Laws confessed to the Telegraph.
"The players were all sitting there, looking like they were thinking 'what do I do?'.
"I said, smile. Enjoy it. You haven't won for a while.
"One of the lads chipped in, 'I've forgotten how to smile'.
"We've all got to enjoy it. That's the little sprinkling of dust you need to build confidence.
"Without getting carried away, enjoy your wins, that's why I said to the players to get over to the supporters and celebrate with them. We're all in it together.
"If we score, we've told them to celebrate together. That was one of our instructions.
"Bit by bit the togetherness is starting to come and with every win you get it's going to grow even bigger. That's important."
As well as getting the fans onside, an issue that won't be a problem if Scunthorpe repeat the quality and heart of their performance against the Saddlers, building belief is also a necessity.
Laws has been pleased with the way the Iron squad have embraced the way he wants them to play – having worked rigorously on set pieces, United scored their first two goals of the season from corners on Tuesday.
Now though, he says they must build on the standards they set when they return to the West Midlands to tackle Coventry City on Saturday.
"We've got to try to work on getting a bit of belief back," added the Iron boss, who after bringing in Millwall goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall on Monday is now keen to explore the possibility of bringing Brighton midfielder Matt Sparrow back to Glanford Park.
"It's psychological. It's definitely all in the head with the players. They are definitely fit enough – there's no question about that – and they've got the ability.
"Tuesday was only a small step. Nobody's going to get carried away – and I'd urge the supporters not to do that as well. This is not the start of something big, but it is a small portion.
"We've got a tough game on Saturday which we'll approach in the way we did the last game. It's about us not them.
"If you ask me what I'd have preferred with playing in the cup and the league, I'd tell you the league is the most important thing for us. We have to stay in this division.
"Tuesday night was the first step, but I saw 45 minutes of good desire at Gillingham and hopefully the Walsall win will reward them for the hard work they've put in in training."