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14 March 2014

Midfielder David Syers is urging everyone to stay calm as Scunthorpe sit well placed for promotion with just ten games to go.

Experiencing a tense and tight promotion battle with Doncaster Rovers in League One last season under similar circumstances, Syers knows all about holding his nerve - with that battle going right down to the final minute of the season against fellow title rivals Brentford.

With the scores locked at 0-0 in stoppage time, the Bees were awarded a penalty - which they missed - before Rovers broke down the other end and scored the winning goal, which secured not only promotion but also the League One title, when a defeat would have left them in the play-offs.

"The key is not to panic. Exactly the same thing happened last year," Syers told The Iron Player.

"Because it's a tense time everybody was turning over one another. There was an unpredictability to it.

"At this stage of the season, the table counts for nothing.

"It's just as hard playing teams scrapping for their lives than it is those at the top. Meanwhile, those in the middle play with freedom.

"Whatever you take out of games, at the end of the game it's about being in that top three and I have every confidence we'll be there at the end of the season."

The Iron enter the away clash at Plymouth this weekend on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Southend on Tuesday night, but Syers is confident heading to Home Park.

"It was frustrating in the end not to come away with the three points," he added.

"I remember feeling disappointed at the end of the game but, having sat down and thought about, in reality they did not have a chance in the second half but they still scored two goals. It really is that ridiculous.

"In the first half we played extremely well and were very effective, doing what we did well in December/January time when we were really punishing teams.

"The two forwards worked very hard and were getting in behind their defence, and forcing them to make mistakes on the ball, It could have been more than 2-0 at half-time really.

"You have to give credit because they came out and played really well in the second half, pinning us back a bit.

"I think that's happened in every game this season at some point. Every team has a spell, but the important thing is to not let them have any chances.

"It's taken a 40-yarder from their centre-back and mis-hit cross going in at the back post for them to take a point out of it.

"It's very frustrating but you have to look at it in the sense that though things aren't entirely going for us at the moment we're not losing games."

See much more from Dave Syers, James Alabi and Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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