LAWS: WE MUST WIN BAT­TLE TO STAY UP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

SCUN­THORPE UNITED boss Brian Laws ad­mits he fears rel­e­ga­tion from League One so much he can­not even bring him­self to con­sider the dev­as­tat­ing im­pli­ca­tions it would have.

The Iron re­main rooted in trou­ble in 23rd place – three points adrift of safety – af­ter yes­ter­day’s de­feat at Tran­mere and have won just three times since Laws’ re­turn to the club for his third stint as man­ager in Oc­to­ber.

The club is also in fi­nan­cial trou­ble, with record losses of just un­der £2mil­lion for the year end­ing June 2012.

And Laws, who earned pro­mo­tion into the third tier dur­ing his sec­ond stint at the club in 2005, is re­fus­ing to dwell on what could hap­pen to the club if they drop back into the base­ment di­vi­sion.

“With­out ques­tion, rel­e­ga­tion is the big­gest is­sue of all,” the former Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Burnley man­ager said..

“I dread to think what the club’s sit­u­a­tion would be if we dropped out of the di­vi­sion, and about the fi­nances as well. There are im­pli­ca­tions if we go down.

“It would cost us a lot of money and rev­enue again and we couldn’t af­ford to do that.

“It’s an im­por­tant sea­son for us. The turn of the year is go­ing to be one of the most im­por­tant pe­ri­ods for the club over the last decade or so.”

But the 51-year-old is not about to adopt a de­featist at­ti­tude, and he in­sists he be­lieves he and his play­ers will rise to the chal­lenge in front of them in the coming months.

“It’s a lot of pres­sure but we all thrive on pres­sure. I do, it’s part of the game,” he added.

“We’ve got to win enough games to stay in this di­vi­sion, it’s that sim­ple.

“I feel strongly that we can achieve that, as long as we stick to­gether and keep fo­cused on the task ahead of us.

“I’ve got good be­lief in my­self and be­lieve we’ve enough in the team to stay in this di­vi­sion.”

WOR­RIED: Brian Laws

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