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ENJOY YOURSELVES AND BE POSITIVE

17 October 2014

With preparations for Mark Robins’ first game in charge soon to be reaching a conclusion, the new manager admits he can’t wait to get his tenure underway.

Colchester United are the visitors to Glanford Park this weekend, a team just a few places above Scunthorpe in the league table, in a clash that presents the club with an opportunity to climb out of the divisional relegation places.

Robins had previously been out of work since leaving former club Huddersfield Town at the beginning of August and is looking forward to his maiden match as the boss.

He told The Iron Player: “I’m looking forward to it, absolutely.

“It’s been six or seven weeks since I took charge of my last game and we didn’t do very well in that so hopefully this will go a little bit better.

“We’ve been working hard to get the players ready, we’ve done a couple of double sessions and the game will be here before we know it.

“I’m looking forward to it, there’s no doubt about that, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the players can do.”

The team will go into Saturday’s fixture buoyed by last week’s 3-0 victory at Gillingham as goals from Paddy Madden, Neal Bishop and Gary McSheffrey secured all three points.

And Robins understands that the most important thing is to build on that result with another positive outcome back at base.

“The important thing is the three points,” he continued.

“We need to pick up the confidence that we’re due from last week (against Gillingham) because the players showed plenty of that as the game went on there.

“We want to bring that into our home games but I think the weight of expectation has got to be tempered with the fact that the run of results so far hasn’t been what we’d want.

“We know there will be hiccups along the way, that’s just the nature of it at this stage.”

Robins is also keen to create a spectacle that the fans will enjoy coming to see and a positive performance that can be built on over the weeks ahead.

He added: “I want the supporters to come and enjoy what they see and I want the players to enjoy playing for the supporters.

“That’s the whole point of it.

“Essentially we just want the players to understand the roles and the responsibilities that they have to each other, go out and enjoy themselves and go and be positive.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Neal Bishop and Luke O'Neill on The Iron Player.

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