Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws put his side's 1-0 victory against Stevenage down to a reward for perseverance and patience.

The Iron dominated possession throughout but had to wait until the 68th minute before midfielder Mark Duffy broke the deadlock.

"It was a good performance from us, but we knew we had to be patient to try and break Stevenage down," said Laws. "I told my players at half-time that the game was there for the taking for us if we wanted it enough.

"We kept at them and finally got the breakthrough with an excellent goal from Duffy. I am so pleased for him. It will boost his confidence because he has been a bit bitty of late. But we tried to give him a roaming role so he could get the ball on the ground and take the Stevenage defenders into areas they did not want to go."

Laws acknowledged Scunthorpe's fourth win in the last five home games was vital for his relegation battlers.

"When you look at how other results have gone you see how important this win was for us," he continued. "But we have to concentrate on what we do and not bother with what is happening elsewhere.

"It is in our own hands to climb towards safety. It was important we bounced back from the disappointment of our home defeat against Hartlepool last Saturday - and we have done that."

The result means pressure is growing on Stevenage boss Gary Smith after a fifth successive defeat.

"We looked solid enough at the back but I have to confess we looked a bit toothless in attack in the second half," he said. "Scunthorpe were the better team in the second half of what was a tight game between two teams battling for points.

"They also created the better chances but I thought we had weathered the storm when they scored. And I feel we did enough in the game to have come away with something."