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Laws: 'U's Atmosphere Will Help Scunny'

Laws: 'U's Atmosphere Will Help Scunny'

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws has suggested that the atmosphere at the U's this weekend or, in his implication, the lack of, will benefit his side more than Joe Dunne's men ahead of Saturday's big game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Speaking to the club's official website, Laws said that the U's fans would fail to give sufficient encouragement to their team in order to pull out a big three points.

He said: 'There's a big pitch at Colchester which will suit us, and the atmosphere will be pretty flat which is going to be useful for us as they won't be getting too much encouragement.

'So there's going to be a lot of pressure on both sides but, being at home, they'll find it more difficult as they'll be expected to beat us and they know that they're in trouble if they don't.'

His comments come after the news that the Scunthorpe supporters' coach has had to be cancelled for this weekend's game due to a lack of demand, so this will hopefully dampen the spirits of their squad when Saturday comes.

'Neither side is going to want to lose,' Laws continued. 'We've got to keep onto their shirt tails. We're going into the game in good form and they're not; they're not playing too well, they're conceding lots of goals and they haven't won for quite a while now, so the pressure is going to be immense on them.

'I've seen them a couple of times and we have a couple of DVDs, so we know enough about them.

'But we've put in some good performances on the road and our counter attacking has been exceptionally good.'

Having won 3-1 away at Leyton Orient, the Iron faced two tough trips to both Tranmere and Sheffield United over the festive period, but have began 2013 in solid, if unspectacular, style.

A 2-2 draw at home to Oldham was followed up with a 0-0 draw at home to Shrewsbury, and Laws feels that the win isn't far away.

'The players have been very focused in training and we've made a good start to the New Year without losing a game.

'We should have had six points and we've only got two, but the players can sense that the win is just around the corner.'

Akpo Sodje has bolstered the Iron's ranks ahead of this weekends fixture, having scored seven goals in seventeen appearances for fellow League One side Preston so far this campaign.

Despite a few weeks without playing, Laws hinted that Sodje would be thrust straight into Scunthorpe's starting eleven against the U's.

'Akpo isn't a player you want sitting on your bench,' he revealed. 'You want him out on the pitch as that's where he's going to do the most damage.

'He hasn't played for the last few weeks but his fitness levels are exceptionally good. He hasn't got an ounce of fat on him and is already probably one of the fittest guys in the club now.'

Nobody is under any illusion of how important this weekend's fixture may prove to be, and Laws agrees that the opportunity to pull themselves out of the bottom four provides all the incentives for the Iron to attack the U's for all three points.

'Part of the incentive this weekend is to move out of the bottom four, and the other incentive is to continue moving in the right direction by picking up points.

'Colchester are the nearest team to us who we can climb over so there's the incentive and it will put them right in the mire; so it's a big game for both teams.'


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday January 10 2013
Time: 3:51PM

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