United boss Russ Wilcox used his post-Plymouth interview to take the opportunity to publicly thank a former Iron boss for a recent gesture of goodwill.The 2-0 win at Home Park meant the Iron are now unbeaten in 21 games, beating the previous record, which was held by Nigel Adkins' side of 2006/07.
“I got a lovely letter yesterday from Nigel, saying congratulations to myself, the staff and players on achieving the new record,” he told The Iron Player.
“It’s very gracious of Nige and it says a lot about him as a person and I showed it to the lads this morning.
“It helped as it gave us the little impetus and drive we needed to realise how far we have come.
“Sometimes a few draws, like we have seen recently, can drain you a little, you can lose a bit of confidence but I think the lads showed against Plymouth we haven’t lost that. They were brave and fully deserved the three points.”
The letter from Adkins, who left the Iron in 2010 for the job at Southampton, was hugely welcomed from the current man in-charge and he is well focused on the job ahead; to emulate his former colleague's success last time around.
“We know what we have to do, we don’t look at other results and hope they go our way," added Wilcox.
“It’s all about us - we go out and do our business and hope somebody has done us favours elsewhere and AFC Wimbledon did that with a late equaliser against Burton.
“But we can’t influence that, we can just control what’s out there and I’m absolutely delighted with the players, I thought we were outstanding.”
With the new unbeaten record, Wilcox insists his full attention is on the league, rather than reaching further milestones.
“The focus is Burton next week. Promotion is the long term aim," he said.
“It’s a crazy league - so inconsistent and teams are so up and down and we’re the only team who has really put consistent run together to finish off the outstanding effort we’ve put in this season - not just in the run but all the way through and we’ve got nine to go to hopefully finish the job.”
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