United boss Chris Beech spoke to us about tonight’s game against Scunthorpe with his team heading into the encounter off the back of consecutive 2-0 victories.
“I think I’ve said this before, but what’s gone has gone,” he said. “Well done to everybody for the results and performances, but in this game you have to move on and make sure you’re ready to go again.
“If excitement builds off the back of those results, we can’t control that. It’s the same if people feel down after defeats. We can’t control that.
“All we can control is the performance on the pitch, because nothing actually changes other than doing it during the game, and it’s those actions that serve a win or defeat.
“That’s why I keep reminding the players that they have to focus on what they can affect, and leave the rest to one side. It’s about performing, sticking to traits and, hopefully, that will bring the results we want.”
“Obviously we’re going up against a very good Scunthorpe side, and they’ll be doing everything they can to stop us from making it three in a row,” he continued. “We’ll be trying to make that happen, but there are no guarantees of winning or losing.
“There’s a guarantee if you put a performance and hard work in that you’ve got a chance of winning, so that’s what we’ve got to do.
“Consistency in results will give us a great chance of being where we want to be, as we saw with the results before Christmas. I didn’t challenge the players to get consistency then, we just played the way we know we can play.
“It’s a great adventure and journey we’ve been on, it’s been the one with more stories in it than any other club this season. We’ve just got to stick to simple facts, there’s nine games left, we need to win games, so let’s get out there and try to do that.”
“We know that Scunthorpe are a team that work very hard,” he commented. “They can approach games in a number of ways, and we know all about Ryan [Loft] and the threats he can bring.
“They’ll want to finish the season on a high and they’ll want to come here and put on a performance for their own reasons. We’ll have to be up for it, but that’s the same for any game.
“It’s about making sure we do things properly and, if we do, we’ll see what that brings us come full time.”