Chris Powell was equal parts happy and relieved this evening after his side dug out a 2-0 win at home to Scunthorpe United and ended their winless league run.
Goals either side of the break from Timothee Dieng and former Iron midfielder Sam Mantom were enough on a night where Scunthorpe played the whole second-half with 10 men following James Perch’s red card.
After the victory, the Blues boss summarised his thoughts on the win as well as looked ahead to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round tie against Barnsley.
On a morale-boosting win…
The boys are obviously low on confidence with regards to our league results and tonight was a big game for us, and they gave me everything.
I know fans will say “it’s 11 v 10” but they [the players] are nervy. They’re going to be because of the position we’re in and what’s been happening. It’s almost like we needed a result and it didn’t matter how it came.
We had a good start, terrific cross and header by Tim [Dieng] and I thought we were the team in the ascendancy. Second-half we knew they’d throw caution to the wind and what we wanted to do was just to make that extra man count…because you’ve got the extra man eventually they will open up and that happened for the goal.
I’m pleased for Sam [Mantom], I thought he led by example. I think I’ll say to him we’re playing Scunthorpe every week because he seemed to be determined to make the box and get in there.
They’re a young team and they’ve been hurting and they gave me everything – I will always thank them for their efforts – but they were desperate to get a result for everyone, desperate for themselves and gladly, they got it.
On Saturday’s cup game…
We haven’t been in the second round for five years, of course we want to be in the second round, I want to be in the third. Tough game, but I know that the players will give me their all. It’s a game where we can perform and off the back of tonight, that can help.
They are shattered the players; they know they have to dig deep. They’ll start their recovery tomorrow, we won’t do too much Thursday but we’ll focus on Barnsley Thursday and Friday and try and get ourselves in the third round.
It would be great, we haven’t been there for a long time. I know the league is our bread and butter, and it’s been very up and down for us and we are where we are at this present time. We’re missing some key players, but we just have to get on with it. We just have to give our best and, if we have to dig deep and dig out a result like we have tonight, then so be it.