Manager Mark Robins said after Saturday’s win over Leyton Orient that the buzz can be felt by everyone connected with the club.He said he can feel something special brewing within the team, but insisted feet need to be kept on the ground.
Goals from Liam O’Neil, Gary McSheffrey and a brace by Tom Hopper earned the Iron another three crucial points in the capital at the weekend, and Robins also shared that the key to scoring four impressive goals was by not giving the opposition ‘keeper a moment to catch his breath.
Robins said: “We were trying to get the ball up there and keep him busy with some quality and in the first half we did that well, and we continued that early in the second half as well.
"Obviously we then got the two other goals in that second half, and they were very good again.
"We’ve got runners from midfield, Liam getting in to good positions, McSheffrey was very good again today in the wide areas, getting a goal and being involved in everything that was good.
"He played in a brilliant ball in for Liam in the second half when he’s drilled it across and I thought that if it went in it would have been goal of the season because it was heading for a volley, and unfortunately it wasn’t caught quite right.
"To be honest I’ve got nothing but positives to say about today, the supporters travelled in their numbers down here and that is great, as it keeps the good feeling going.
"We’ve started off with a really good platform to build from, and now you can feel and sense that the momentum is building in the town.
"It was a great start to the second half, it was a great bit of quality from Paddy for the ball in and Tom’s got on the end of it and taken his second chance.
"I was really, really pleased, and I think overall it was superb and I couldn’t ask for any more from them.”
Robins spoke about the contributions of midfielder O’Neil, who scored the opening goal with a fine curling effort from the corner of the box, while also grabbing an assist for the fourth as he slipped through Hopper, but as well as complementing the West Brom loanee, Robins had a few words to say about recent acquisition Jordan Clarke, and Orient forward Darius Henderson.
Robins told us: “We look for all sorts of things and what they game gives you, and the movements to get in to those positions is just the experience of playing games, and we’ve looked brilliant all over the field.
Jordan Clarke looks settled, really competitive and strong too.
"I thought it was a little bit harsh for the penalty but that was again down to experience, as Darius Henderson has gotten himself in to that position, and he’s one of the strongest player I’ve ever come across in the game of football.
"We knew in the second half it was going to be different as Plasmati came off at half time, and he came on, and simply Darius is a better player. You could see he caused us one or two problems but we dealt with it along with everything else they’ve had to throw at us, like Cox who came off the side of the pitch in to a more central area to try and cause us problems in different positions.
"We’ve managed to see the game out, and more than that we’ve scored four goals away from home, and hopefully see us get three points that helps us climb up the table a little bit more.”
With only two defeats from 13 league games under Robins, eight games unbeaten on the road and only six points off the play-offs with games in hand, the boss insists that the team need to keep their expectations intact and take it day by day, but that doesn’t mean the journey ends here.
Robins said: “You can feel the excitement building because of the work we are putting in, the way the chairman goes about his business and the backing he has given us, it’s a great time to be involved with Scunthorpe United there’s no doubt about it.
"The supporters are growing and they’re building in numbers and coming to watch us which is fantastic, and let’s see if we can get it to a full house at Glanford Park and keep giving them things to shout about.
"There are going to be up’s and down’s there is no doubt about it, we have to make sure we keep our feet on the floor and not get carried away, least at all me!
"There are 21 games left and we need to see what we can achieve and where can it take us, but there is plenty of work to do and I have to say I am enjoying working with the lads because they are honest.”
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