O'Connor hails Knill impact

Midfielder enjoying passing game at Glanford Park

O'Connor: Hopes to finish the season on a high, despite prospect of the drop

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Scunthorpe United midfielder Michael O'Connor has praised the impact of manager Alan Knill since his arrival earlier in April, despite their almost certain Championship relegation.

The Iron face the mountainous task of winning both of their final two games of the season, plus relying on either Crystal Palace and/or Doncaster losing both of their matches and also a 17-goal swing.

However, despite their probable demotion to League One, O'Connor told skysports.com that Knill, who made the switch from Bury almost one month ago, has given everyone at the club a huge boost.

"He likes his side to pass the ball around and keep possession as much as possible, but apart from that he hasn't done a great deal different from his predecessor," said the Northern Ireland international.

"Sometimes a fresh face just gives everyone a boost and obviously we all hoped that it would propel us closer to safety, but we simply gave ourselves too much to do.

"The first thing he said when he came in to meet the lads was that he liked his side to pass the ball about and instantly that suited me down to the ground.

"It helped me a lot during the QPR game and it did the trick with a great result.

"We would like to end with a bang this season and get some good results at Nottingham Forest and then at home to Portsmouth because we've had some great results this season and we need to take hope from that into next year."

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