Numbers add up for Wilcox

Scunthorpe celebrate their leveller. Picture: Barry Zee
Scunthorpe celebrate their leveller. Picture: Barry Zee
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The stats made impressive reading for Scunthorpe caretaker boss Russ Wilcox.

Wilcox felt his team deserved their success as they picked up a 2-1 win at Fratton Park on Saturday.

And he believes the numbers backed up the fact the Iron deserved three points after five games without a win.

Wilcox, alongside Tony Daws, led the team after the sacking of Brian Laws last week.

And he felt the players delivered his instructions superbly.

Wilcox said: ‘It’s a fantastic result. It’s a difficult place to come.

‘I’ve been looking at the stats – 17 shots, 12 on target and 13 corners away from home – that’s terrific reading.

‘I said to them before the game you can have the organisation, you can have the nice football but if you don’t put a shift in you’re not going to get the results.

‘I thought the players were outstanding. Every one put a shift in for the shirt.

‘Sometimes as a spectator, that’s all you want to see.

‘You obviously want to see them win but, as a spectator of a football club, if you come and watch the team and see every player put a shift in and work so hard for each other – that’s enough.

‘Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but if you see that, you can always go away pleased.’

Wilcox was impressed with how his players handled the Fratton Park test.

He said: ‘We spoke about managing the game and managing periods of the game.

‘We knew when we came here there would be a period of the game – or even two or three – where they would be on top.

‘They are the home team and have a massive crowd, terrific crowd.

‘Every time I come here it’s a terrific atmosphere but we dug in deep.

‘We’re disappointed we conceded the goal but we dug in deep and we made sure we didn’t concede another – and that was obviously the key.’

JORDAN CROSS