United boss Russ Wilcox has his side primed for action ahead of their visit to Exeter City on Saturday.Following United’s 1-0 victory over Oxford United at Glanford Park on Easter Monday, the Iron head into the game knowing a point will effectively seal a return to League One at the first time of asking following relegation last season.
Understandably, the squad have had a spring in their step during training sessions this week, and Wilcox told The Iron Player: “There’s a great spirit around the place, but the lads are level and focussed.
“We know the job’s not over. Strange things happen in sport as we all know, and we’ve got to make sure there isn’t one this weekend.
“We’ll do what we’ve done; look after ourselves, keep this fantastic away record going, and get over the line. After that we’ll be looking towards winning the title.”
The away record alluded to by the 50-year-manager reflects that of a side who have gone unbeaten on their travels in each of the last 15 outings – meaning United officially have the longest undefeated away run in Europe.
In addition to securing promotion, avoiding defeat in Devon would see the Iron break yet another club record in an increasingly stellar year for those in claret and blue, and Wilcox added: “It’s been an amazing run, and I’m so pleased for the supporters.
“The away support has been absolutely different class this season but we’ve given them something back as well. There’s nothing better than the long away trips – to Portsmouth, to Torquay – than to come back with three points.
“It’s great for the supporters, and for everybody associated with the club. If we can just keep that away record going, we can get over that line. I thought the support against Oxford was brilliant.
“They were very patient when Oxford had little pockets of play, and during those periods they stuck with us, especially in the last five minutes. They backed us, got right behind the players, and it was a great performance befitting of promotion but it wasn’t to be.
“We’ve not made it easy all season, so we’ve still got another hurdle to go.”
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