Iron boss Stuart McCall has challenged his players to be ready for a stern test against local rivals Doncaster Rovers this weekend, following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Gillingham on Saturday.
McCall labelled his side’s performance at Priestfield ‘flat’, as a twenty-five yard Mark Byrne strike was enough to separate the sides and lift the hosts out of the drop zone.
Scunthorpe will be looking to bounce back in front of their own fans when they host an in form Doncaster at Glanford Park, but the visitors will go into the game as favourites with the bookies following a good run which has seen them reach the play off spots in the League One table. You can find out all of the best betting offers ahead of the match against ex Iron Grant McCann’s men at online-betting.org.
Speaking after the Gillingham game, McCall told the press: “It was a scrappy game, I thought there was only going to be one goal in it – it was just down to who was going to score first. Unfortunately for us, they scored it with their only shot on target.
“It was a good strike, we let them get out on the far side, and we could have maybe got a tackle in earlier, but the boy has hit it sweetly from 25-yards straight into the corner.
The loss at Gillingham leaves the Iron seven points clear of the relegation zone, but a number of the teams below them have a game in hand and McCall insists he wants as many points on the board as soon as possible, starting with three against Doncaster Rovers this weekend.
“Every game is important, and I hope we can get as many points as we can, as quickly as we can. Next week against Doncaster will be a different game completely”, he said.
“We’ve played against them a couple of times already this season in the league and the cup, and we know the atmosphere will be big because they have a good following, so we will be ready for that.”
Saturday’s visitors will be backed by a sell out crowd in North Lincolnshire and come into the game on the back of a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Premier League side Crystal Palace.
Doncaster boss Grant McCann was pleased with how his players acquitted themselves despite not progressing into the Quarter Final.
“On that showing i was pleased with my group and the boys can go home, hold their heads high and look forward to the next game in the league at Scunthorpe,” he said.