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16 September 2014

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox is looking forward to the Coventry game, as his side looks to make amends for a disappointing result at Chesterfield.

The squad returned to training on Sunday to debrief the 4-1 defeat and Wilcox and his staff have worked hard to prepare for the visit of Steven Pressley’s Sky Blues.

United head into the game looking to make it three home wins in succession.

“It was a down day on Sunday, I must admit,” Wilcox told The Iron Player.

“We were very disappointed with the outcome of Saturday’s game with Chesterfield and we’ve looked at issues we need to address and worked on those on the training ground on Sunday and Monday.

"I've asked the players to be bright and bubbly because we can’t change Saturday, but we can affect Coventry and the team out there on Tuesday night will be a positive one."

“We’re looking to win the game,” he added, assessing our opponents. 

“We know it’s going to be tough, they’re a strong outfit who have just moved back to the Ricoh Arena and it’s given them a massive boost and they have good quality players.

“We worked so hard last season to come up against teams like Coventry - ex-Premier League, and FA Cup winners. It’s great to be involved in these games instead of the likes of Accrington and Morecambe, no disrespect.”

United have have found it tough settling back to life in Sky Bet League One, after a record-breaking campaign in League Two.

He stated: “The step up in quality’s been difficult, the injuries we’ve spoke about and we are where we are.

"The league table doesn’t lie, four points from seven games is not good enough. The goals against column is disappointing and that’s the first port of call we want to try to address.

“A disappointing aspect is we have competed well in first halves of games and it’s something we’ve spoke about and we’ve got to put words into action against Coventry.”

Despite the Iron’s recent struggles, Wilcox is backing his current group of players to turn around the club’s fortunes.
He said: “They’re a good group, I’ve said it all along. They don’t want to be in this situation, just like me, we all loved getting the plaudits last season, there’s no better feeling.

“We also have to take the flak when things aren’t going well and we’ll stick together in that period and address it by working harder as a group- myself, the staff, the players.

“It’s not all doom and gloom. Our home form is good, we’ve won our last two and put on really good performances.”

The Iron host Coventry this evening before Russell Slade’s Leyton Orient visit Glanford Park and they, too, have had a difficult start to the season.

“I’m positive about Tuesday and we will move onto the Orient game after," he said.

“It’s two tough games but two we can win. If you win back-to-back games at this stage of the season, you’re mid-table. We’re four points behind mid-table now so there’s a lot of doom and gloom, understandably so, but if we get a couple of wins it changes quickly and you’re looking up all of a sudden.

“We have to put a line under Chesterfield and I’m looking forward to the Coventry match.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, and others, on The Iron Player.

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