Wilcox hails Iron squad

Russ Wilcox: Full of praise for Scunthorpe

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Caretaker manager Russ Wilcox praised Scunthorpe after their 4-0 win over nine-man Rochdale made it two wins from two games.

Wilcox took over last week when Brian Laws was dismissed and followed up Saturday's 2-1 win at Portsmouth with victory over third-placed Dale.

Goals from Niall Canavan, Sam Winnall, Jimmy Spencer and David Syers secured the points against a home side depleted in numbers after both Oliver Lancashire and Jack O'Connell were sent off in the second half.

"The lads were outstanding," said Wilcox. "We scored some good goals and saw out the game well, our game management was really good.

"Okay, the dismissals played their part, we acknowledge that, but our game plan was still good. I agreed with the referee over the dismissals and thought he got them both right.

"For the first one he has grappled with our player and ended up rugby tackling him and for the penalty it was a case of denying us a goalscoring opportunity, so I thought he got those decisions right.

"It's nice to get the goal difference looking healthier and it was nice to have four different goalscorers.

"The biggest positive for me was Jimmy Spencer. He's not had the best loan spell but a goal like that could kick start his time at Scunthorpe United.

"But the whole group deserve a lot of credit, and that includes those who didn't play. That's the way I am trying to do it, to make sure it's about the whole group of players and not just the team."