United assistant manager Ned Kelly believes the squad are more than ready for a return to action at Crawley Town this weekend.The Iron’s match with MK Dons was postponed last weekend and it gave Mark Robins, Kelly and the rest of the coaching staff the chance to make improvements within the squad, who are looking to make it five unbeaten on the road.
“We’ve had a really productive week,” Kelly reflected to The Iron Player.
“We did work on how we want to progress up the pitch, from back down in defence to the midfield and the forward men and how we’re trying to get a rotation between everybody.
“We did a bit on that and fitness. It has been brilliant and I’ve got to say that the group have been good - really receptive, listening, learning and making demands of each other - so it has been a really good week.
“From the players’ point of view it’s a bit frustrating - they get a weekend off when they really want to play but we will go down in good spirits for the weekend.
“It’s really difficult when nearly every team is playing and you’re one of the only teams which isn’t.
“The gaffer and various other members of the coaching staff went to various places Saturday and Sunday so that was good, we got to see a few people.”
Robins’ men play Crawley at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Saturday. Town have drawn their last three league matches and won just two in their last ten and Kelly is expecting a challenging encounter.
“It will be a very difficult one,” he added.
“John Gregory has a good squad with good numbers in there and they had a good result (1-1 away at Oldham) at the weekend so it will be a tough test for us.
“It will be a difficult game, we’ve seen what they are about and we’ll put things into place on Thursday, go with a positive attitude and hope to get a good result.”
Scunthorpe can move up to 17th with a win in West Sussex, providing scores work in favour of the Iron, and Kelly believes three points can only increase the positive attitude that is currently in the United squad.
He said: “Winning games is always the key for confidence for everybody in any walk of life - obviously if you’re doing well, you have a lot more confidence.”
See much more from Ned Kelly, Lyle Taylor and Andrew Boyce on The Iron Player.