'Transition' is behind poor start, says Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill
Boss Alan Knill says his Scunthorpe United team remains in a 'transition' phase.
The Iron manager puts his side's struggling start to the season down to a considerable turnover of players in the summer, with those who have come in taking time to gel.
United released 10 players at the end of last term, including experienced campaigners such as Cliff Byrne and Garry Thompson, and brought a number of new faces in to replace them.
That, according to Knill, is the biggest reason why Scunthorpe have yet to get going this year.
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"If you change 12 or 13 players and bring a number in, that's the start of it," he said.
"You want it to gel straight away and it doesn't. It takes more than that.
"Really that's what it comes down to.
"I think as well, we expect straight away. Obviously we want that and people should expect but it does take a little time.
"At the moment we're in a transition where we're just finding a little bit of consistency.
"If you look at the stats at the end of the majority of our games, we've had the most shots but we're just not winning.
"That's the difference.
"It is about both boxes.
"Once you get that right and you become difficult to beat, that it's not a given you're going to concede, then you've got something to build from because I think we'll score."
Last week's 1-1 draw at home to Brentford ended a run of three defeats for the Iron, but with just two league wins behind them Knill accepts they are some way off where the club would like to be.
Stuck in the relegation zone with only nine points to their credit ahead of Saturday's trip to Swindon, Knill is eager to break into double-figures as soon as possible, hoping it will help his side start to find some form.
"We want to get to double-figures," he said.
"You look at Tranmere, they've got 30 points already. That's amazing isn't it?
"To have 30 points already in the season is an unbelievable start.
"It's just about getting more points and keep picking up points when people don't expect you to – like going away to Swindon.
"We're capable of competing against anybody in the league, it's just having the belief to go do it."