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THE CATALYST

19 September 2014

Chairman Peter Swann is hoping Tuesday night's hard-fought 2-1 home win over Coventry will prove a catalyst for the Iron.

Though admitting it's been a tough start to life in League One for Scunthorpe, a further victory over Leyton Orient on Saturday could see United climb into a mid-table position and out of the bottom four for the first time this season.

Russ Wilcox's side head into the game with the O's looking to make it four home wins in a row in all competitions.

"We have another very important game on Saturday. Tuesday means nothing if we don't put the same sort of commitment and effort into Leyton Orient," Swann told Scunthorpe-United.co.uk.

"We want to see more of the same. I hope the fans come and support the team, and see the same sort of commitment. If they do, I'm sure it will be a great game."

United went a goal down against Coventry in midweek, but hit back through efforts from Paddy Madden and Lyle Taylor as they bounced back in the best possible fashion from the disappointing defeat at Chesterfield.

"I am delighted with the way the players responded from the weekend," Swann added.

"It is hard when you show a bit of disappointment in the performance (referring to his Monday statement), but it was great to see the win on Tuesday night.

"Whether the reaction was to me because of my statement, because Russ had got into them, a response to the fans, or whether it was their own passion, it worked and we saw a great performance.

"If we don't play like that and give that level of commitment, we will struggle. We'll make mistakes and be punished for them.

"There is a lot of quality in this league and we have to be up for it."

Swann was full of praise for the way the whole team played, and felt his side's two strikers on the night led from the front.

He continued: "It was great to see Lyle Taylor playing the way he did, and Paddy Madden is pretty awesome. He scored one, set up Lyle's brilliant header and worked ever so hard.

"The technique he showed for the first goal was exceptional to be honest.

"It proves our faith in him last year, when he picked him up, is going to be rewarded I think."

"The squad of players is a little light because of injuries, but we're doing well, we're working hard and the players deserved that win on Tuesday night," Swann added.

"There are always a few people in the crowd who will look on the negative side, but the majority of fans were probably in the same boat as me when 1-0 down - quite low.

"Great credit to the lads though, they fought back and it was an exciting finish at the end - it added a few years to my life!

"We defended so well in the last few minutes. We weren't doing that in League Two - we were conceding.

"It was nice to see us hold on for the win, and you have to give Russ and his management team a huge amount of credit for getting everyone up for the game."

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