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FULL FAITH IN THE PLAYERS

25 February 2014

While he'd love to score early and go on to win 5-1 every week, manager Russ Wilcox says he has full faith in his side should they go behind.

In his 16 game stewardship, Wilcox has only seen Scunthorpe go a goal down twice but both times they hit back to emerge victorious - away at Portsmouth in November and at Accrington a week-and-a-half ago.

"The first goal is important, but I always fancy us if we don't get the first goal too," he told The Iron Player.

"What we've got in the group is such a hard-working together group that we can overcome that, like we did at Accrington the week before.

"We will try and get the first goal but if we don't we'll manage the period after that."

Tuesday night sees Bristol Rovers visit Glanford Park as Scunthorpe seek a victory that could see them climb to the top of League Two.

Bristol Rovers are in decent form themselves though, having won two and drawn one of their last three games.

"Myself and Tony Daws went down on Friday night to watch Bristol Rovers against Burton Albion, who are one of the best teams in the division at the moment," added Wilcox.

"However, it was a comfortable victory for Bristol Rovers and should have been by more.

"They played 4-2-3-1 and have quality players. It is a totally different side to the one that faced us down at the Memorial Stadium earlier this season, when they had lots of injuries.

"John-Joe O'Toole is scoring most weeks, while Alan Gow - from Exeter - has shown what he's about.

"Chris Beardsley - at the top end of the pitch - is full of experience and hard work so it's going to be a tough game."

The Iron drew 0-0 against the Pirates at the Memorial Stadium earlier this season, hitting the woodwork twice and seeing an effort cleared off the line in a game they dominated.

Wilcox expects a tough encounter against John Ward's team though.

"Bristol Rovers have to play a role in that and it depends how they turn up," he continued.

"15 away games and eight points is the worst away record in the league but the terrific home form is why they are where they are, otherwise they could have been deep in trouble.

"It depends how John wants to approach, they've just taken seven points out of nine so do they come here and open up? It's down to them.

"What we have to do is be patient if they keep it tight and play the lone striker.

"We need to make sure our build-up play is right.

"We won't score five goals every week. We know that. But the main thing is trying to win the football match."

See much more from Russ Wilcox and Gary McSheffrey on The Iron Player.

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