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3 October 2014

Iron defender Shaun Brisley believes that Saturday’s derby at home to Doncaster Rovers could spark a change in fortunes for the team.

The side go into the game on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Oldham Athletic, but United could extend their good home form in this weekend’s game.

Scunthorpe have the opportunity to make it four home wins from five against Doncaster, which could see Brisley make his Glanford Park debut.

The defender has only been at the club for under a week, but believes that the squad can bounce back from the disappointment at Oldham.

When asked about the Oldham game he told The Iron Player: “I thought it was a difficult game. I think we struggled to keep the ball at times.

“I’ve only been in the building a couple of days and I can see that there’s a terrific bunch of lads and I’m sure there is more to come from them and hopefully we shall see that on Saturday.”

A derby match against Doncaster provides the perfect opportunity to bounce back and, given the Iron’s home form, it will be a game they head into with confidence.

Brisley acknowledged that whilst the game would be a special occasion, it would also be treated as any other fixture as the Iron look for a vital three points.

He said: “We go into every game with confidence, so it doesn’t change for Saturday.

“Obviously it’s a big local derby so there is bragging rights riding on the game, but then you want to win every game you play in and that’s the same on Saturday.”

The Peterborough loanee has already been impressed by his new surroundings and has had very little trouble settling in due to the warm reception from his teammates.

He joins fellow Posh loanee Bobby Olejnik and Brisley felt that a familiar face has helped him to hit the ground running with the Iron.

He said: “I think knowing someone before you turn up helps you to bed in a little bit quicker because you’ve obviously got that bond with them from the previous club.

“With me knowing Bobby as well from Peterborough, that was a massive help, but coming straight in the lads have made me feel really welcome, which has been really good.”

Brisley was also quick to speak of the words of encouragement that he received from Olejnik when talking about a move to the Iron.

He said: “I did give him a call. Once I found out Scunthorpe were interested, I just asked him what the place was like, what the training was like, what the gaffer was like and it was all positive feedback from Bobby.”

The defender’s loan spell only lasts one month, but he is already keen to help the Iron to get the important results to move them up the League One table.

The Iron have a busy fixture schedule in October and Brisley believed that this could be a positive for the club.

He said: “If we can get a win under our belts on Saturday then I think it’s good to keep having games coming thick and fast because obviously the confidence can rise in the camp.”

See much more from Shaun Brisley, and others, on The Iron Player.

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