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11 October 2014

Caretaker manager Andy Dawson was pleased with his side’s reaction as they ran out 3-0 victors at Gillingham on Saturday.

He also stated it was very enjoyable, with 90 minutes which included a goal each for Paddy Madden, Neal Bishop and Gary McSheffrey, while Deon Burton made his return from injury.

All that though, came after Gills skipper Doug Loft was dismissed, with manager Peter Taylor also following suit soon after.

“It was very enjoyable,” he told The Iron Player.

“It’s not always like that I’m sure, but I’m delighted for the lads, delighted for the club.

"Obviously, with being down near the bottom, we needed to start picking up points sooner rather than later.

"Coming to Gillingham is never easy and it’s a place where we haven’t had a fantastic record over the years.”

He added: “To come here and get a 3-0 win will fill the lads with confidence and they’re ready to go again.”

Following circumstances during the week which saw Russ Wilcox and John Schofield removed from their positions with immediate effect, the player-coach assumed the role of caretaker manager alongside Tony Daws.

Moving forward was his message going into the game, with him making his final comments on the week.

“The lads, myself and everyone else had massive respect for Russ and John,” he continued.

“They are fantastic people, but we had to prepare the team and the message was to go out and express yourselves, enjoy the football and show what you can do and I think every one of them to a man has shown a fantastic attitude this afternoon.”

He added: “They fully deserved what they got from what they put in today.”

United were already dominating the game when the hosts went down to ten men, with Loft dismissed after a reckless tackle on Luke O’Neill. It was a move which saw Scunthorpe take full advantage of, particularly in the second half.

“We had to be patient when that happened,” said Dawson.

“It’s not always easy to score (when the opposition has ten men).

"They often sit back and flood areas, but we did what we had to do and kept moving them with our one and two touch football. In the end, we got three very good goals.

“The first goal was particularly pleasing to watch. The ball goes into Gary McSheffrey, who turns and put Paddy in; which is what we expect and what we asked from them. To see that come off was very pleasing.”

He added: “We can come into work on Monday morning with our heads held high and ready to go again.”

See much more from Andy Dawson, and others, on The Iron Player.

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