As we get ready for our first away game of the season we contacted Scunthorpe’s number one independent fans site Iron Bru iron-bru.co.uk to get a glimpse of what we can expect on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Blanchard from Iron Bru
How confident are you in your current manager?
Nick Daws did really well when he stepped in as caretaker manager and deserved the gig full time. My only concern was that he may not be given the same backing as previous managers, but a string of impressive signings in the week leading up to the season has certainly changed the mood around the club. He is a really likeable bloke and I really hope that he can have a good season in charge. There is no reason to suggest he can’t be successful based on his record so far.
You missed out on promotion losing in the play offs last season do you think you can go one better this term?
I think with one or two more additions we will be well placed to have another crack at the play offs, but I think automatic promotion would definitely be a step too far. If you’d have asked me before the signings last week, I’d have predicted a mid table finish, so things can change quickly in football!
Are you happy with the clubs transfer dealings this summer?
On the whole yes. The experience of James Perch goes a long way to replacing Neal Bishop who has been a great player for us over the past few years and Matty Lund is a really solid singing at this level. We have brought in some exciting young talent in George Thomas, Cameron Borthwick Jackson and Steve Humphreys on loan. I still think we could do with another striker and possibly some cover at centre back but we are certainly looking fairly strong particularly in the midfield area.
Who are your dangermen?
Funso Ojo in the middle of the park is one of the best midfielders in the League – he oozes class. Then we have Duane Holmes who is too good for this league and he will take some stopping. The introduction of this duo at Coventry sparked us into life and changed the game but they are being eased back in after injuries and missing pre season.
What type of Scunthorpe team can we expect on Saturday?
I think you can expect us to play one up top with three attacking midfielders in behind. Which three Daws will pick is anyone’s guess!
What is your League 1 predictions for the season – top two, play offs and relegation?
It’s really difficult to judge at this early stage so I’m reserving judgement until I’ve seen a few more games!
Finally what is your prediction for Saturdays game?
I think we should be able to record a win at home. 3-1 to us.
Everyone at Vital Walsall thanks Matt for taking the time out to answer our questions and we wish him and the Irons the best of luck for the season….after Saturday of course!