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24 April 2015

United assistant manager Ned Kelly is hoping to give the Glanford Park crowd something to cheer about in the final home match against Gillingham.

The Iron only need a draw to guarantee League One survival, but Kelly wants to see his side reward the excellent support Scunthorpe have had with all three points.

Kelly told The Iron Player: “We're six points in front, but we will be looking to win and put a good show on for the supporters.

“I thought they were excellent the other day and the team and the staff appreciate the backing, so we hope to go out and get three points.

“We'll be positive and attack minded as usual and will try and convert some chances. It's important for us set out to try to win.”

Manager Mark Robins was watching from the stands when the Iron last faced Gillingham as he took over the side, with United in the bottom four at the time.

The Iron are now on the verge of securing safety, and assistant Kelly is pleased with the progress the club has made since the new management team have come in.

Kelly said: “That was the remit at the start. We'd like to get six points out of six in the next two games, which would push us up in the league.

“When the gaffer came in, it was about trying to get the team away from that bottom area and move up as quickly as possible.

“It's a tough league and some excellent teams even in the bottom four. There will be a few teams that go down that nobody would have expected at the start of the season.

“We've done okay so far and we want to finish the season on a high. The plan is to win the two games and move up the league.

“We've got Gillingham coming up first and we're hoping to put a good show on because we've had an excellent backing since we've come in.

“The last game of the season is one for the spectators to enjoy with a win as nobody enjoys football when you're getting beat.

“We're probably in a position where we need another point, but we will try and get all three.”

Gillingham will pose a tough test for the Iron though, having surged up the table since the arrival of new manager Justin Edinburgh.

Kelly has been impressed by the Gills since Edinburgh has been in charge, but was confident that his side would have what it takes to defeat them.

He said: “They've had some really good results since Justin has gone in there and he's changed the way they play slightly, so they will give us plenty of things to think about.

“He's been playing three at the back a bit as well so that is something we will be thinking about in terms of how to set up against them, but we’ll be positive and go for the three points.”

See much more from Ned Kelly, Luke Daniels and Marcus Williams on The Iron Player.

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