O'Connor eyes survival

Midfielder feels Iron have enough quality in their squad to stay up

O'Connor: Hoping for survival

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Scunthorpe United's highly-rated midfielder Michael O'Connor is hoping to play Championship football again next season and is confident of getting that at Glanford Park.

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The Iron have struggled this season and find themselves five points adrift of safety with eight games to go.

However, Northern Ireland international O'Connor, who has been linked with several Premier League clubs this season, says that staying in the Championship for a third year running would be a huge achievement.

"The last five or six years the club have been looking down, with Championship relegation and League One promotions and no club wants to be classed as a yo-yo team," O'Connor told skysports.com.

Experience

"I don't think that the club has ever played in the Championship for three years in a row, so to become part of the history books would be a great achievement.

"I came here two years ago and signed a three-year contract, so I hope to play Championship football for all three of those years.

"We struggled for the first half of last season too, but we did have 10 points more than we do now at this stage of the season.

"The loss of players such as Hooper and Hayes were big blows to everyone at the club, but we have done alright this year and our away record has been a big plus for us.

"If we can start picking up points at home as well then we will be fine come the end of the season.

"We've seen it done last year when we had a great second half to the season and the gaffer has brought even more experience in with the likes of Andy Hughes and Michael Nelson, so hopefully they can pull the young lads through and help keep this club in the Championship."

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