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2 May 2014

Midfield revelation David Syers has vowed his side will look to finish the season in style as they take on play-off side York City on Saturday.

Arriving in October on loan from Doncaster Rovers, the Iron made his loan spell permanent in January just a week after his recall to his parent club.

He confirmed a job well done, while also acknowledging Scunthorpe still have a chance of clinching the title.

“Obviously, we’d like to finish the season in style,” he told The Iron Player.

“While there is still a chance of winning the title, we’ve got something to aim for. It’s not in our hands, all we can do is get the three points and see what happens. Even without that, we still want to sign off with a win.”

He added: “There’ll be a big crowd and a party atmosphere, so we want to sign off with a good performance.”

United lifting the title depends on results for both Chesterfield and Rochdale, with those sides facing Fleetwood and Newport respectively. Dropped points from the top two sides in the division will pave the way for the Iron to clinch top spot.

“Those are two very tough fixtures for them,” he continued.

“If they do the business, fair-do’s to them. They’ve both had great seasons, so they deserve it. It’s down to us to get the three points. The worst thing that can happen is for us to not get the three points and Chesterfield and Rochdale don’t either. That will leave things with a bit of disappointment.”

He added: “From our point of view we have to play well, put on a good show, get the three points, enjoy the day and see what comes of it at the end.”

Following a defeat last weekend, Syers stated it was important to end the season on a high. Despite the 28 game run without a defeat coming to an end against Exeter, United will be looking to extend their home form which currently sees them without a defeat in 14 games.

“If we were sitting here earlier in the season and lost after being on a run, I’d say it is very important to grind out a result,” said Syers.

“The worst thing to happen when you lose is to lose again. You want to get straight out of that and go and win again. With it being the last game and with us already being promoted, it’s not as worrying, but we still hope to put on a good show.”

He added: “We have been on such a good run and there’ll always be positives to take out of it. We’ve got a lot to be proud of from this season and if we get the Championship – great – if not, we look forward to League One next season regardless.”

United welcome York City to Glanford Park for the season’s closing match. However the Minstermen will continue for at least two more games after sealing their fate in the play-offs this season. Whether or not Nigel Worthington will opt to take caution over this fixture remains to be seen, according to the 10-goal midfielder.

“There are so many things you can look at and so many permutations,” he said.

“From one point of view, they will want to rest players ahead of their play-off matches, but then again, they are sixteen games unbeaten and the last thing they will want to do is lose a game before they go into the play-offs.

“It’s hard to thing about it that way – maybe finishing sixth or seventh means something to them if they want to play a different side in the semi-finals. Fleetwood are playing Chesterfield, so no one knows where anyone is going to finish.”

He added: “You can’t look into it too much really. It will be a tough match and after the disappointing result at their place, we want to give our fans something to shout about.”

See much more from Dave Syers, Sam Winnall and Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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