So we finally got our first victory of the season away from home at Shrewsbury on Saturday, arguably the biggest 3 points the Iron have recieved for quite some time.
Before the game a look at the table saw us sat uncomfortably on the bottom with a solitary point and a horrendus goal difference. However, a look at the table after the game gave Iron fans a bit of relief as we sat 4th bottom and within 3 points of mid-table.
It is never nice starting the season with 4 losses in a row, infact it’s incredibly worrying, but a few wins in a row now or at least an unbeaten spell could completely turn the start of our season around and then the first 4 games can be forgotten about and put down to a ‘blip’. Every team suffers a ‘blip’ during the season at some point and I would much rather us have lost the first 4 and now, 2 games unbeaten, start climbing the table. Being Scunthorpe United we will have another ‘blip’ but we can only hope by this time we are well away from the danger zone.
A more indepth look at the game on Saturday and what makes this win even more phenomenal is the fact that the Shrews were unbeaten in 34 Home league games! I said it in a previous post that the last manager to win there was Knilly with Bury, spooky!
So moving away from this weekends victory we have 2 games in the next 5 days or so, starting with Oldham away tomorrow night.
Now Oldham have had a similarly frustrating start to the season and currently have 5 points from 5 games and sit one place above the Iron in 20th.
There is a chance for Iron fans to get a glimpse at the legend that is ‘Sir Clifford Byrne’ who left us after 9 years of service in the summer for Oldham. When I say left he was wrongly released by Knilly and thus went on to sign for Oldham. I have no doubt that Cliffy will get a fantastic reception from the travelling Scunny fans and this is no more than he deserves. 95% of Iron fans would welcome him back with open arms if he was available to sign on but not necessarily for his footballing ability, but more so for his attitude and leadership (something the Iron have lacked so far this season).
Onto Saturday where we face bottom of the league Colchester. Obviously they could well be above the Iron after tomorrow nights fixture but for now it is quite a breath of fresh air knowing that ‘It could be worse’. Colchester travel to Glanford Park suffering horrendus form and both sides will view this as a massive 3 points even at this early stage of the season. I will give a more detailed preview of this game after I find out the results of tomorrow night’s fixtures.
So we have two very winable games in the next 5 days and should we get 6 points from both, the Iron will sit a little more comfortably in mid-table and can continue to look upwards.
As always, Up The Iron! – http://rosswilliamgibson.tumblr.com/post/31728835980/first-win-at-last-now-onwards-and-upwards