Gilliead ready for ‘massive game’ for both sides in Lincs derby

Midfielder Alex Gilliead is ready and prepared to fight during the relegation three pointer with local rivals Grimsby this weekend.

Both sides head into the game in horrendous form, with Grimsby two points below the Iron and currently occupying the second relegation spot.

A loss for the Iron would almost certainly see them slip into the drop zone, and those who had took a punt on United going down this season (against the odds) with sites like, will be starting to rub their hands gleefully.

Speaking to the official Scunthorpe site, Gilliead said: “It’s a massive game for both sides.

“But we just need to make sure that we can come out of the match with three points.”

United fell to a thoroughly disappointing defeat at Barrow last weekend, and reflecting on that game, Gillie said: “We’ve had a look back at it and seen where we need to improve and there are a lot of areas, but the key ones are work rate and passion.

“Leaving everything out there and doing anything to get the three points. There’s no better game to do it in than this game this weekend.”

He added: “We just need to get back to the ways of when we played Harrogate and Port Vale away. We know that we can do it, but we just need to put a run together and get ourselves out of the position that we are in.”

United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Blunder Park in December, one of the most disappointing performances so far this season – and that is saying something.

Discussing the first encounter, the midfielder said: “We were all disappointed, as the fans were.

“It was a big game and it was kind of a non-event. They scored a scrappy goal and then we didn’t do much at all.

“We’ve got to make sure we can create chances and put ourselves about on Saturday. Just have a right go and give the fans something to cheer about.”

He added: “We need to create more chances and score more goals. We all know that and it’s something that we have been working on this week in training and trying to emphasise putting the ball in the back of the net. Hopefully that comes through on Saturday.

“They’re coming to our pitch and our stadium and we can’t give them any time on the ball and must make sure we get amongst them.”

The match kicks off at 1pm on Saturday, and anything other than 3 points is unacceptable.

Can the boys step up and be counted? I have my reservations.



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