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Mike White: Iron are ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’


The Iron’s BBC Radio Humberside commentator Mike White pens a midweek message for Iron Bru ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash with Port Vale at Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe United as a club might have promoted Saturday’s game as ‘Five or Free’ but for Graham Alexander and his players it’s more a case of ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’.

After all, almost four weeks ago following the narrow defeat at Bradford everyone had effectively written off the chances of the Iron making the playoffs.

Yet here we are with just two games remaining and that very possibility is as realistic as the chances of me getting into another Twitter row with someone (@mikewhitesport if you want to see for yourself).

It’s what we love about football (and sport in general) though isn’t it? The way it can one minute leave you praying for the end of the season to roll around and the next minute you’re typing ‘Wembley hotels’ into Google.

Come on….admit it….we all have!

I said after last week’s win at Peterborough, “there’s a real spirit in this team”. It’s what’s got them into this position now when almost to a man they’d been written off as mid-table fodder.

Of course, let’s not forget for one second that this momentum was started by Nick Daws and Andy Dawson who picked the players up following the departure of Mark Robins. It was then carried forward by the surprise arrival of Graham Alexander and impressively delivered by a seemingly unified group of players.

Now anyone who knows me well enough will be aware of a little thing called the ‘Mike White Kiss of Death’ so I’m going to refrain from making any kind of bold prediction. It would be unfair and unkind to all of you wanting to enjoy whatever the next two weeks might bring.

So I’ll leave you to do just that. Pack the park on Saturday and enjoy it….I know I will!

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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