It's déjà vu for Scunthorpe United as the Coca-Cola Championship team sit 19th in the table after collecting 26 points from 24 games - that's exactly the same situation in which the Iron found themselves at the same stage two seasons ago.
In what was their first season at Championship level for 44 years, Nigel Adkins' team went on to finish 2007-08 with relegation back to League 1. But despite the spooky parallel just past the half-way stage of the current campaign, Manager Adkins is confident that this time round it will end not in relegation but with survival.
"We believe we can finish higher up the table this season," said Adkins after Saturday's excellent 4-1 win at Derby County, only the second away victory of the campaign to date for the Iron but nevertheless a massive confidence booster.
"It was a very pleasing performance and result," added the Manager. "It was great for the players to come to a fantastic stadium and go out and express themselves and realise they want to keep trying to get to the next level.
"Our concentration could have been better at times - we had enough opportunities in the first half to have put the game beyond the reach of Derby. But we kept on being positive and in the end we got a well deserved win."
Adkins will go on accentuating the positive as the Iron look to produce a much better points haul than the 20 they collected from their final 22 games of 2007-08, a season which ended in bitter disappointment but from which they bounced back with promotion at the first attempt via last term's League 1 Play-Offs.
"We've got a hard working group of players who are endeavouring to be the best they can be," said the Manager. "We try to play football in the right way - we're known as a good passing team and we're trying to be positive, not just playing passing football but winning football because it's all about winning.
"If anything we've been too open this season (the Iron have the worst defensive record in the Championship), but three points are always better than one and so we're trying to be as positive as possible.
"We want the players to be relaxed enough to express themselves and play without fear, but we still have to keep the tremendous team spirit and work ethic that we've got - and if we can do that then we can achieve something this season."
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