Iron boss Mark Robins is hoping for a strong end to the season, starting with Tuesday’s visit of Bradford City.United have not lost in their last five at home and are unbeaten in their last three league matches, and Robins hopes a strong finish will see Scunthorpe into mid-table.
Robins told The Iron Player: “We look forward to the Bradford game and it's another chance to pick up some points, but also against decent opposition.
“Should we win the game, it takes us not too far away from them in terms of points.
“That's the incentive, and we want to claw our way above the teams around us and get closer to the ones just out of our reach.”
The Iron can secure their League One survival with a win against the Bantams, but Robins is frustrated that his side have not sealed their safety sooner.
He said: “It should have happened weeks ago and possibly even on Saturday. It doesn't matter when it happens, just as long as we get it done.
“It's frustrating, but the players have got to learn and take the responsibility and continue to show the character to come back again.
“We're coasting a little bit though and that doesn't mean we're not working hard, but we're better than that.
“Up and down the country there are unbelievable results at the minute and that's down to the anxiety of it, which is why the fans are so important and make such a big difference if they are positive.
“They have done that and there have been ups and downs, and ultimately we know where we want to get to, but it will take a bit of time.
“I'll be looking for a bit more from this game, but we shouldn't fear anyone or anything. We want to win our remaining games this season and then we will look ahead to next year.”
Youngster Hakeeb Adelakun has been playing with confidence lately, coming off the bench to help the Iron secure draws in both of their last two matches.
Robins has been impressed with the winger and believes that he has what it takes to become a great player, and influence games from the start.
Robins said: “He's had an impact when he's come on and now can he transfer that into those performances from the start.
“We know he's capable and we've said all along he can pop up with a good goal or a great cross, like the one for Kyle Wootton the other day.
“He's a capable player, sometimes he's sloppy and gives the ball away, and he needs to sort that out, but he's a talented boy.”
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