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REWARD FOR A GREAT PERFORMANCE

21 March 2014

Scunthorpe overcame an in-form Plymouth Argyle to grab their first win in five after drawing their previous four games.

Stand-in captain Sam Slocombe believes this was the best performance of the season, and that the three points were very important.



He told The Iron Player: “We watched a few of Plymouth’s matches and they’ve been playing some good football.

"Draws can still build morale and confidence but there’s nothing better than an away win, especially when you’ve travelled so far.

"It was important we got back to winning ways but I do feel some of the draws were better than people think.

"Newport away was a tough game and a point well earned, but we know the Southend and Northampton results were disappointing."

Last weekend’s result also marked Slocombe’s first clean sheet since the Hartlepool stalemate at the beginning of February.

The shotstopper said: “As a goalkeeper it’s always nice to get a clean sheet, but – like I’ve said many times before – if we win the game this doesn’t really matter to me that much."

With the Iron just a point off second-placed Chesterfield and two off top of the table Rochdale, goal difference could certainly come into it according to the 25-year-old.

He continued: “We’ve got one of the best back fours in the league, including a selection of very capable fullbacks, so it’s nice to have that record of clean sheets but we need to win the games.

"If we win the games then hopefully goal difference won’t play a part."

Russ Wilcox recently stated that a congratulatory letter from ex-Iron boss Nigel Adkins helped inspire the team to glory against Argyle. Slocombe says it was a lovely gesture, but the team do not need help when it comes to motivation.

“The letter was just typical Nigel Adkins to be honest. He’s such a nice guy and a gentleman that you almost expect him to do this sort of thing.

"I wouldn’t say it inspired us as we want to win every game we play in, but it’s nice to know other people are recognising our performances, hard work and dedication."

Scunthorpe are sitting comfortably in the automatic promotion places, a position they have occupied for a considerable amount of time now.

United’s current captain does not let this distract him and his teammates at this point in the season, and says promotion is still the target.

“It would be nice to win the league,” said Slocombe.

“But for me the gap between fourth place and the top three is more important. Promotion was the aim at the start of the season and that’s still our aim."

See much more from Sam Slocombe, Russ Wilcox and Terry Hawkridge on The Iron Player.

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