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16 February 2016

Nick Daws was delighted, labelling the Iron’s 2-0 away victory over Millwall as an “outstanding result and performance”.

Gary McSheffrey returned to the starting eleven to break the deadlock after 17 minutes before debutant loanees Greg Luer and Jim O’Brien combined for the latter to seal the three points in the second minute of stoppage time.

“We were everything that we’ve been preaching to the players,” the joint caretaker manager told The Iron PlayerHD.

“We showed really good quality at times, not enough and we could have shown a little bit more at times.

"It is a tough place to come and we were ultra resilient.

"Again, we defended really resolutely, but when they did open us up Luke Daniels has pulled off saves and made it really difficult for (Lee) Gregory.

“It’s been a tough couple of days, but it’s an outstanding result, an outstanding performance and we’re hugely delighted.”

Nick Daws and Andy Dawson share a word with Millwall boss Neil Harris before the game.

The Iron made two changes going into the match, with McSheffrey and Jordan Clarke replacing Luke Williams and Scott Wiseman.

“We’ve made changes today, but always preached the motto that we’re only as strong as the people that are not in the team,” he continued.

“The people who have not been in the team have come back and stepped up to the mark. We’ve missed Gary McSheffrey and he’s been key for us. He creates goals and he scores them and Luke Williams can do the same.

“Today, the play for his goal and the finish was outstanding. That was top level for this league and above.

“I think that Greg (Luer) brought a bit of composure, fresher legs and he showed what he’s all about. Jim (O’Brien) has lots of energy, quality when it’s needed, and scored a great goal to ease the pressure on us."

United register four wins on the bounce for the first time since January 2009 – Millwall coincidentally the fourth victory for Scunthorpe on that occasion too, running away 2-1 victors at The Den.

“It is a good achievement,” he stated.

“It’s all about consistency and we’ve hit a patch of consistency that has been fully deserved. We’ve got six or seven games in the next four weeks and we’re not under the radar. It’s important that we keep improving.

“It (Fleetwood) will provide us with a different challenge. We will get on the bus and start doing our homework for the game. We saw them against Colchester and we know what they’re about.

“I think they’ve drawn five out of their last eight games, so it shows the fine margins in the game.”

Williams and Wiseman were both absent from the squad, with their injury situation explained by Daws.

“Luke was a doubt and in the end we decided it was best he didn’t travel,” he stated.

“We’re hoping he might have improved and he will then come into contention for Fleetwood. If he doesn’t, we’ve seen tonight whoever we pick will give maximum effort.

“Scott Wiseman went down with a bit of a stomach complaint when he got up this morning. Credit to him, he came to us and said that he didn’t feel 100%, Jordan is a more than adequate replacement and he didn’t want to let the team down.

“That’s honesty from a real seasoned, good professional.”

See much more from Nick Daws, Gary McSheffrey and Jim O'Brien on The Iron PlayerHD.

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