Scunthorpe boss Nick Daws praises ‘confidence-building performance’



Posted Sunday, April 29, 2018 by PA

Scunthorpe boss Nick Daws praises ‘confidence-building performance’

The confidence at Scunthorpe is at an all-time high heading into their midweek showdown with Plymouth, according to boss Nick Daws after they cruised to a 2-0 victory at MK Dons.

Rory McArdle’s first goal for the club and Ivan Toney’s header kept the Iron in control of their play-off destiny and confirmed Dons’ relegation to League Two in the process.

Scunthorpe currently lie sixth in the League One table, two points clear of Plymouth in seventh, and host the Pilgrims on Tuesday night knowing a win would mathematically secure a play-off spot.

And Daws was pleased as punch with a professional job well done at Stadium MK.

“I’m very proud in many ways because we’ve come to MK Dons, who are in a difficult situation, got a clean sheet and two goals and it’s a real confidence-building performance going into our next game against Plymouth,” he explained.

“We should be full of confidence and we’re in a great place in the moment because we have been on a great bit of form, especially away from home.

“The pleasing thing is that we performed really well against a team fighting for their lives. We haven’t been turning up for games against these sorts of teams, so it’s pleasing to see the lads are not taking things for granted.

“All we can do now is control our own performances. In the last five games we’ve done well, so we just have to continue doing that and hopefully we’ll achieve what we want to achieve.”

Dons were already all-but relegated heading into the weekend and must now plan for life in the fourth tier for the first time since 2008 after their drop was confirmed.

Keith Millen took temporary charge of the match for the hosts following Dan Micciche’s dismissal in midweek and insists MK are in prime position to bounce straight back despite the current disappointment.

“I’ve tried to keep the players going and – although we haven’t got the result today – we haven’t gone down with a whimper,” said Millen.

“I would have loved to have applauded the fans at the end with a victory but that would have perhaps masked the real problems at the club.

“We’re hurting and this is the first time I’ve been relegated as a coach or manager, but we have to have the time now to reflect on what’s gone on.

“I know this club will be OK because there’s good people here and a chairman who has a lot of passion about the place.

“Everything is here to improve and this has to be as low as it gets now – but 100 per cent, the club will learn from this and be better for it.

“From what I’ve seen in the last few months, what’s going on in the two boxes is the reason the club are where they are.”

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