Reflecting on the Torquay victory, Paul Hayes said it was an important win and the side will take it into Saturday’s game against Bury at Glanford Park.The Iron claimed three points following a Sam Winnall penalty in the first half to put the visitors ahead.
Sam Slocombe saved a penalty just minutes later as United held on to the win.
“It is a long way to go down to Torquay. They are fighting for their lives and fair play to them, they turned it up, they played well,” Hayes told The Iron Player.
“It obviously took a penalty to win the game, but I felt even though they were a little bit on top.
"I felt that we controlled the game the little bit better than what we did. It’s a massive a three points that we need at this stage.”
Scunthorpe face an in-form Bury side, who have only lost one in their last nine games, and Hayes believes the Iron need to turn up physically and mentally right in order to claim the three points.
Hayes said: “We need to turn up, have the right attitude and score more than them.
“I think Bury are a good side. I think where they are in the league is a little bit false. With the personal and their players that they have, I think they should be a little higher in the league than what they are currently.
“Whatever is going on there, there’s obviously something not going right. We are looking good at the moment. We have kept five clean sheets in a row. We have taken 13 points out of 15 I believe, so we are in good nick and we are looking forward to Saturday.
“They will be looking to be safe as soon as possible and I’m sure they will turn to each other and think they can get a win here if they come with the right attitude.
“We are going to turn up physically and mentally right and hopefully get another win.”
The Iron have five games left to the end of the season and Hayes said the team will be prepared ahead of the run in.
He stated: “All we can do is concentrate. We have a bit of banter between us all to keep the days ticking over, ready for the matchdays.
“Up to now, the 25 games we have played unbeaten, we have been mentally ready. That is the most important thing and physically we are fine.
“It’s just obviously mentally, if we turn up thinking it just another win or we will be fine today, then that is when we have a problem.
"So we have got to make sure we turn up on Saturday and we don’t disappoint.”
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