It's time for the players to stand up and be counted



And they have the perfect opportunity this coming Saturday when we head to Notts County, a team below the Iron in the table, and on an equally poor run of form.

It's crazy that around about a month ago the Play-offs were a realistic dream for us, and now everything seems doom and gloom, with safety the only priority.

First off let me say this - I have EVERY faith that our management team and players have what it takes to get us to safety. Yes, this past month has been filled with poor performances to match the poor results, but luck has also deserted us at times too.

Let's take it back a notch then. Sheffield United at home, our last home game in fact. We played well at times in this game, and took the lead, before being pegged back just before half time. Would the majority of Scunny fans be as disheartened as they are feeling right now, had the referee in that game not made the worst decision I've ever seen? If one failed in any other job so terribly, one would be sacked. I hope he still has nightmares every night. That game should have finished 2-1, and we should be three points off the bottom four, not one.

Next up we headed to Rochdale who still have a chance of reaching the play offs. Having been there to see the match, there's not much positive I can say. We failed to deal with the physicality of Dale, and couldn't string more than two passes together. Thankfully I left the game concentrating on the impressive performance of goalscorer Kevin Van Veen, rather than sulking over the 3-1 thumping we'd endured. It could have been more.

So without a win in seven we headed to a team sitting comfortably in the play offs - Sheffield United. Having seen us robbed of a win at Glanford Park only a week or so earlier I was optimistic that they were a team that could be beaten, despite their league position. There's no point me saying too much about the match because it wasn't exactly an enjoyable experience for any Iron fan. I don't enjoy seeing my team so incredibly outclassed all over the park. 4-0 was a fair result, and in fairness to the Blades they looked a completely different team to the one that turned up at our place.

Now winless in eight, Iron fans have gone into meltdown. I'm not sure why I haven't, at least yet any way. I understand why people are worrying, but I feel we have enough in us to get out of this mess we've been dragged in to.
A win on Saturday is the only acceptable outcome for either team. The loser on the day is really left in the sh*t and could be thrown into the bottom four should Crewe win, whilst the winner gets the chance to breathe easily for a few days. I would seriously like to breathe easier please Iron.

A day after the night of terrors at Bramall Lane, we was rewarded with some good news; Dave Syers was playing for the reserves. Not only did he play the first 45 minutes, he scored twice! Subbed at half time - he'd done his work for the day. A man that was pivotal to promotion last year will be a most welcome boost to the first team squad. Dave will be back in the first team squad before the end of April, and we will be better off for it.

Notts County, you may look at our form and see us as an easy three points. But we are the boys in claret and blue, and we won't give it to you on a plate. See you on Saturday. 3pm.

Up the Iron.

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