So then, the first league game this author misses for nearly 6 months and it’s the Iron’s first league win of the season….
Forgive me for thinking that I’m a curse!
But nonetheless, it was simply great to see the Iron finally throw the monkey off our back and secure the first win of the league campaign.
Despite a relatively limp performance by the Iron’s standards – 2 goals from Damien Mozika either side of half time were enough to secure Scunny 3 points at home to the unlucky Glovers.
And Terry Skiverton’s men, travelling all the way back down to Somerset – will justifiably consider themselves unlucky to have not taken at least a point from the proceedings at Glanford Park.
They absolutely dominated the game in the first half, but courtesy of an open goal miss: and a great run by Nolan – a Mozika near post toe-poke was enough to give the Iron a foothold.
But a drop in concentration, and a mistake by the usually reliable Paul Reid brought down the Yeovil frontman for a penalty.
Despite the partisan screams behind the goal, the referee got the decision right: and it was an unstoppable penalty by Paul Wotton that dragged the visitors level.
The Iron knew it was their day though – and that great feeling at the end when it was just all over, and Scunny were jumping up the table, was just fantastic.
Courtesy of a great drilled effort from Mozika – who’s now transformed himself into a goalscoring midfielder: the Iron have now jumped up to 16th, sitting in the comforts of the bottom end of midtable!
The longer any winless run goes on, the harder it becomes to shake it off – so all Scunthorpe players and fans will be absolutely delighted to have thrown the bloody monkey off our back!
It came at a price though – the Iron are still yet to keep a League clean sheet under Alan Knill – and Paul Reid was forced off with a broken nose. The physios are also checking his cheekbone for possible damage. This adds to Mark Duffy’s enforced absence with a knee injury.
Let’s just hope the Iron can get a little run going – despite the ever increasing injury list.
Now, the monkey is off our back: and it’s the first win of the season.
We’re staring him in the eye, our hands are readied, and we’re feeling ever more confident. So let’s just not leave it at that – get him by the throat, and really show him who’s the bloody boss!
And that starts this Saturday with the trip to promoted Stevenage.
Noted for being a tougher, stronger, more direct version of the late Keith Alexander’s old-Lincoln City side, (if you can imagine such a thing!) – it’s an extremely difficult place to go.
The Hertfordshire side currently sit in 13th, and Scunny will have to win ugly. No question.
We’ve learnt how to win, and how to win not playing brilliant – but winning ugly…..
That’s the stuff dreams are made of!