Trip to Yeovil Town is a 'freebie' for Scunthorpe United side benefiting from boost in belief
IT WAS a night for many positives. But the most pleasing aspect of Scunthorpe United’s victory over Carlisle United on Tuesday night was that it showed, mentally, how far they have come since the turn of the year.
As well as being a third successive home win the 3-1 result came on the back of one of the Iron’s most polished performances of the season.
Manager Brian Laws says there has been a ‘massive turnaround’ regarding players’ self-confidence during the three months he has been back at the helm, boosted further in the past week by the fact United have begun to achieve results to complement some hard-working displays.
“Belief was the biggest positive of all,” said Laws, of the Carlisle clash.
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“These are the same players that have gone through these torturous last two years.
“I knew when I first arrived they were fragile. It was almost like walking on eggshells around them.
“What I see now to what I did when I arrived is a massive turnaround. That’s down to the players.
“They’ve taken on board what we’ve asked of them, but winning games and playing the game simple has created a better atmosphere.
“The dressing room is buoyant, which is what you would expect when you’d been winning games. That’s the magic dust.
“Now the players believe when they go out onto the pitch that they are going to win games.”
Although keen to continue their run of only one defeat in eight matches, Laws says the Iron’s improved fortunes in front of their own fans mean they will be under no pressure when they travel to Yeovil Town on Saturday.
A game against the Glovers is about as tough a prospect as Scunthorpe could face in League One at the moment given Gary Johnson’s side are on a run of seven straight wins and stand on the periphery of the play-offs.
Confidence, though, is not in short supply where the Iron are concerned either at present.
“We go to Yeovil, who’ve won seven on the bounce, and we’ll be just as confident as they are,” said the United boss, whose side are currently five points clear of the bottom four, albeit having played a game more than most clubs.
“For me, I look at the game as a freebie.
“We’ve done the hard work at Glanford Park, now we can go and relax and hopefully give Yeovil a hard time.”