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READY FOR DERBY DAY

8 March 2016

Iron manager Nick Daws is relishing taking on local rivals Doncaster and hopes to see his side continue to play attacking football.

United take on a side that has been struggling for form in recent weeks, but Daws felt that his team could not take that for granted.

Daws told The Iron PlayerHD: “We had a good training session on Monday and it is a game we have waited a month for. A lot has gone on inbetween and, from our point of view, it is a game we are really positive for.

“There are no easy games in this division and it is at the stage where it is really important now. It is equally as important to them as it is for us.

“The proverbial derby usually sees the form book ripped up and go out of the window anyway, so we’ve made sure that the players are prepared as if they were playing any other opposition.

“In this division in particular, we’ve seen the types of runs teams can put together and we are in a decent run at the minute.

“Barnsley have shown how extreme that can be, with the run they are on. The league will continue to change and Doncaster will pull it together because they have good players.

“It is important that we just focus on ourselves. We have done that and that has got us the results. I’m absolutely confident the boys will be focused.”

The Iron have been in good from since Daws and assistant Andy Dawson took over and have kept back-to-back clean sheets.

The United boss praised the side not only for buying into their methods, but also the Iron fans for being patient with the team.

Daws said: “We aim to continue with the same purpose that we have done in the eight games where Andy (Dawson) and I have been in charge.

“I think we understand what the supporters of this football club want to see and we want everyone on board with it.

“The pleasing aspect, from the supporters’ point of view, is that they showed patience that sometimes we have to play the ball at the back.

“It is kind of marrying the old Scunthorpe way with the new idea of playing out from the back. It has not been a big revolution since we’ve come in and there have only been a few tweaks.

“It is about finding a balance between good football and winning football, and at this stage I will take winning football.”

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