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WE'RE IN A POSITIVE FRAME OF MIND

20 January 2017

United midfielder Sam Mantom professes that the squad has taken a great deal of belief from last weekend’s triumph at Northampton Town.

A win against Charlton Athletic at the Valley this Saturday would make it three victories on the spin in Sky Bet League One, and Mantom sees that as a huge incentive.

Speaking to The Iron PlayerHD, Mantom said: “We’re in a positive frame of mind and looking forward to the game at Charlton.

“It’s really nice to get two wins on the bounce (in the league) and get back on that winning feeling.

“It was a big result for us last week with the results going our way as well, and it was good to come away from a tough place with three points.

“Everyone’s confident, everyone’s ready to go. There’s not long until game day now, and we’ll do everything we can to be right.”

The Addicks are familiar opponents too, with the Iron already facing them twice this season in both league and cup respectively.

Scunthorpe suffered a defeat in the latter, but Mantom insists the necessary lessons have been learned from that encounter back in November.

“Being there before, we’ve got to be right on the ball, and that’s something we’ll be looking to do,” he explained.

“When we played there in the FA Cup it was a really tough game.

“We didn’t actually play too bad on the day, and of course (Ademola) Lookman scored an unbelievable goal to put them ahead on the day.

“We know what they’re about, they’ve got some physical players and they’re pretty good at home, so we’ll do everything we can to give a better showing than we did in the first game.”

Mantom has held down a regular starting spot since coming into the team against Bolton Wanderers on New Year’s Eve, something the former Walsall man is eager to maintain.

Mantom stated: “It’s been nice to get five games on the bounce.

“Getting 15 or 20 minutes a time means it’s tough to get sharpness in any games. The gaffer has put me in for the last five matches and I’ve drawn a bit of confidence off that, which I think has shown in games.

“I feel a lot more comfortable, I’ve got a lot more confidence. When you’re new in the door you want to show what you can do.”

He confesses though, that now he’s got the shirt, it’s all about kicking on and keeping it for a sustained period of time.

“Now it’s coming to the crunch period of games, and I’m hopefully going to try and stay in there,” he declared.

“Hopefully the gaffer, the staff and everyone at the club has come to games and seen what I can do and what I can offer.”

See much more from Sam Mantom and Graham Alexander on the The Iron PlayerHD.

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