Mark Robins spoke of the improvement he has seen within the Scunthorpe ranks since he took over, recalling the progress his squad have made since his first training session at the club.The 45-year-old was appointed back in October, and has lost just four of his games in charge, sparking a climb up the table and a rise in optimism for the Iron.
“Some of the football we’ve played, not only the other night at Coventry but since I first walked through the door, has gone up,” said Robins. “I remember the first training session we had and from then to now there’s quite a mark of difference.”
Robins continued by stressing the importance of continuing this momentum through hard work and performance levels.
“We’ve got to ensure we keep moving in a forward direction while continuing that development. The work rate needs to be maintained along with the quality we have in the squad,” he said.
Scunthorpe are very much a club on the up at the moment, with an array of additions to the squad in the January transfer window along with a new stadium on the horizon.
One signing that has proved a success so far is young Leicester loanee Tom Hopper, who has scored four in six games so far for the claret and blue, an achievement that has not gone unnoticed by his manager.
Robins said: “Hopper has done well for us. He’s had a niggling sort of injury at present so we’re hoping he can keep that at bay and keep performing at the levels he’s displayed. He’s been a real breath of fresh air since he’s came in.”
The Iron manager said he has made “inroads into things” since his appointment, planning for both now and the future.
“The chairman has been fantastic and we’ve brought players in that we believe will help us in the immediate term but also in the future,” he said. “It’s important to make sure that settles down and gels as quickly as possible.”
Scunthorpe brought in seven players in January, including the deadline day acquisition of Dutch striker Kevin van Veen. Robins says all of his additions are fitting into the squad nicely, but admits the signing from FC Oss may need time.
He said: “Regardless of when they arrived, they’re all gelling in nicely. It’s slightly different for Kev as he’s arrived from a foreign country, so he’s got a bit of extra time, but the football takes care of itself. As long as he works hard, with the games coming in thick and fast, he’s not got long to look round too much, so that’ll help him.”