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10 February 2015

Iron assistant manager Ned Kelly is confident that his side can bounce back from Saturday’s defeat by coming away with three points from Tuesday’s trip to Coventry.

Scunthorpe fell to a 1-0 defeat against Oldham, but Kelly was convinced that it was no more than a blip and praised the form of the players since his arrival at the club.

Kelly told The Iron Player: “We've got a good mentality within the squad and have some really good characters in there.

“The good thing about football is you always get a chance a few days later to put right or add to what went on before.

“We're looking forward to the game at Coventry. They're a good side, so we'll all be ready to go.

“I think we've been pretty good so far, so if we take away one not so good performance on Saturday. It was a poor goal to give away and a 0-0 wouldn't have been a bad result.

“We're not doom and gloom or getting down about anything because we've been very good so far.”

The Iron have a lot of games throughout the month, with a total of seven games throughout the month, but Kelly said the management team would assess the situation accordingly.

The Iron assistant also said that there were no injury concerns following Saturday’s game and not to expect any radical changes following one defeat.

Kelly said: “Everybody is fit and well. There are a few stiff bodies, but nothing to really worry about. We've had half a recovery day today really.

“The games are coming so thick and fast so we've just settled everyone back in and like I said there were a few stiff players so we just loosened everyone off and got ready for tomorrow.

“We've got so many Saturday, Tuesdays coming up so we will need to use and rotate as we see fit and when to do really.

“There are no mad panics going on just because we've had a defeat at home. It is a busy month and we are mindful of that.

“There's a temptation to change all the time, but the gaffer could keep it exactly how it was.

“We were disappointed against Oldham for the first time since we've been in so that's a consideration, but they've not let us down very often since we've been here so it's onwards and upwards.”

Kelly was also pleased with how new striker Kevin van Veen had settled in since joining the club and said that he could once again feature at Coventry.

He said: “He's done alright. He's a nice kid and has good track record of scoring. He was only in for two or three days before the weekend and it was nice for him to get a little feel of the pitch.

“Obviously he's still trying to learn everybody's names, which is difficult when you come from abroad, but he'll be okay and in the long run he will be good.

“He's as close to everyone else. He's trained well today and has been playing plenty of times in Holland. It's just getting to know which name goes to which face.”

Coventry lost 1-0 at Preston on Saturday and will be hoping to bounce back, but Kelly was keen to focus solely on the Iron and getting a positive result.

Kelly said: “They had a disappointing result at the weekend and will be looking to try and address the form they've got at home at the moment.

“That's them and I'm not really interested in what goes on elsewhere, I'm interested in our group and how we can move forward and present ourselves in the game.”

See much more from Ned Kelly on The Iron Player.

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