Scunthorpe’s Glanford Park woes a mystery to Graham Alexander

Scunthorpe United boss Graham Alexander has admitted he has been left bemused by his side’s shocking home form in 2018 so far.

Alexander’s Iron have only won once in 2018, a narrow defeat of bottom of the table at the time Bury, on January 1st.

Barring that victory, United have picked up a point against Doncaster Rovers and Northampton Town respectively – whilst losing to Gillingham, Oldham, Rotherham and Shrewsbury.

Looking back, of those six games without a win at home, the Doncaster game still leaves the worst taste in Any Old Iron’s mouths – a game we completely dominated, only to be so cruelly denied all three points in the dying moments of the game.

Had we have held on for that win against Donny – although you can never be certain – I fully believe we would have taken more points from the home games that followed.

The worrying thing is that Alexander is unsure why the home form has been so poor, and told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: “I am puzzled by the home form.

“On Saturday we had 15 or 16 shots and against us apart from the goal, I can’t remember Gillo having a save to make.

“We are doing a lot of good things and that was the case in the last home game. On Saturday we had a one on one and hit the crossbar.

“Because the margins are so fine, these are result defining moments so we just need to keep encouraging the players to get into these positions.

“We need to keep encouraging the play that leads us into those positions but we have to be ruthless and twist the knife.

“We will build on what we have done well and take it into next week’s game.”

Alexander and his backroom staff have eight games left, of which four are at Glanford Park, to sort this mess.

A minimum of three wins out of the last four home games will almost certainly be required, should we not want to completely fall out of the Play Offs.

It’s not too late to find that killer instinct again, and take some form into the Play Off’s – but if it doesn’t happen starting on Saturday against lowly Rochdale, will it ever?

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