Winger Mark Duffy delighted Scunthorpe United's fate is still in their own hands
NOW the hunted rather than the hunter, winger Mark Duffy believes Scunthorpe United have hit form at just the right time.
Consecutive home wins have lifted the Iron out of the bottom four, two points clear of Oldham ahead of tonight's clash with Carlisle United at Glanford Park.
It leaves the Latics and Bury, as well as Portsmouth and Hartlepool, now the ones doing the chasing, with United masters of their own fate.
Given they have some tough games further down the line, with the likes of promotion-chasing Doncaster Rovers and Bournemouth still to come, Duffy says it is important to pick up points while they are on a roll.
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"I would definitely rather be the ones out of the relegation zone because I had that situation here when we were in the Championship, when we were doing the chasing," he said.
"Everyone comes in at the end of a game and checks the scores. Even though you might have picked up a decent result, if another team's done the same it's out of your hands.
"Right now, it's in our hands. If we pick up another decent win tonight, I'm sure that will take us further ahead.
"It's ours to lose at the moment.
"If we win our games we'll be safe, that's the bottom line. It's down to us.
"I just hope we carry on winning. I've looked at the fixtures and we don't want to be down near the bottom towards the end of the season because we've got some really tough fixtures.
"We need to do the business now."
Tonight's opponents provide a model for Scunthorpe to follow.
Unbeaten in four, with three of those victories, the Cumbrians have pulled away from danger, now nine points above the relegation zone.
The Iron have put together their own run – a 1-0 reverse at Crewe their only defeat in seven – with a 1-1 draw at Carlisle preceding that.
Duffy though, insists no-one is getting carried away.
"It only two takes two or three good wins and you can easily pull out of it. But then it only takes two or three poor results and you can easily get caught in it," said the Liverpudlian.
"We were looking at Preston the other day. They're really being brought into it now.
"The league is crazy at the moment.
"Carlisle have shown what you can do with a few results.
"When we played them at their ground I didn't think they were in any great shape. I thought we were the better team on the day and it took a wonder strike from one of the substitutes to get them a point.
"Everyone says we've turned a corner, but me personally, I thought we were playing well before.
"We played Crewe the other day and I thought we were by far the better team and had three or four clearcut chances.
"The same at Carlisle, we should have won that one, so there's an extra six points that you could have if the rub of the green goes your way or you're a little bit more clinical in front of goal.
"Then you're looking up rather than looking behind you."