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Time To Turn Home Form Around States Robinson

17 October 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson knows the importance of turning around the club’s home form as league leaders Scunthorpe United visit SportsDirect.com Park tomorrow.

The Iron sit four points clear at the top of the table after their weekend win over MK Dons.

And the gaffer, who knows Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander well from his playing days at Preston North End, hopes to turn around the club’s home form.

He said: “Our away form, bar Saturday’s result against Bolton Wanderers and Millwall which was our only other defeat, has been great. At home, I don’t think there is any great reason why there is great pressure at home. 

“For whatever reason it hasn’t happened and we’ve spoken and highlighted a couple of areas as a management team they can do better, play shorter, not go quite as long when things go right and we can out pass any team in the division on our day. 

“Hopefully the boys can take that into tomorrow night and I’m confident they will.”

Scunthorpe United have started the season in good form and the manager knows it will be a tough game.

“They are a good side, Graham will have them playing well and they have got some very good footballers,” he commented. 

"They have one in particular who is probably the difference between us and them. He’s got 12/13 goals and that does set teams apart. 

“If you can get a 15/20 goal a season striker then you are usually up there and that’s what they have got. 

“They have got a decent squad and are building a team that have two players in each position and they have got experience in there as well. 

“In comparison to ours, if you take away Paul Green, Brian Wilson and Peter Clarke, our average age is 22/23 with not loads of league experience which is crucial. 

“With the progress that we have made in the last month with the performance, I’m confident we will start pulling away from where we are."

Supporters travelled in their numbers to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and they are encouraged to attend tomorrow’s game against Scunthorpe United to receive a free ticket to the Bristol Rovers game on Saturday. 

Robinson, who praised the Latics supporters, wants to put on a display to encourage more people to attend games in future. 

"We have to give them something to shout about and that’s what we are working 24 hours a day to do. We are desperate for them to come and get behind the boys and support them. 

“The vast majority of them do and I have no complaints about that but there is no real reason why we are not winning games at home. 

“Our home performances, except the ones we have already highlighted, Swindon and MK Dons, we didn’t play as well as we can but it’s only a matter of time before it comes but it needs to come sooner rather than later with our league position."

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