Four wins from five home games would be great return for Scunthorpe United
IT WAS viewed as a setback to their survival hopes. A missed opportunity to open up a 14-point gap on one of their main rivals for relegation.
The manner of Scunthorpe United’s weekend defeat at home to Hartlepool United was out of recent character according to manager Brian Laws.
Tonight, as the Iron quickly return to action against Stevenage, he insists he is sure it will also be out of their system.
“Training has been upbeat and the reason it has been upbeat is because we've been doing okay,” the Iron boss said, in advance of their fifth home match in three weeks.
“The last two results have maybe knocked our confidence a little bit, but not too much.
“The objective has always been the same. We know there's a long way to go and a lot of points are at stake.
“We know we're not going to win every game, but it was the manner of Saturday's defeat which concerned me most. The performance wasn't where it should have been.
“The key to that was the first goal, after which we got tetchy and nervy - something that I thought had disappeared out of our game.”
Tonight’s opponents, Stevenage, are at the opposite end of the form table to Hartlepool.
Having been in the top six between September and December, Boro’s results have since dropped almost as dramatically as their league position.
They travel to Glanford Park on the back of four straight defeats – the most recent of which came on Saturday, at Shrewsbury Town – and in the midst of a rotten run of nine losses in 11.
Laws wants the Iron to add to their woes.
“Everybody wants to put aside a poor performance and a poor result and the quickest way to do it is to get back out onto the park,” he continued.
“We’ve got a great opportunity against Stevenage. They will be a big test for us – they are a big side.
“But I think we've overcome a lot of things in these past few months, particularly at home, with winning games.
“If we can get back on that same vein and get the right result, that means, out of the last five home games, we've won four. That would be a great return.”