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Wilcox lauds promoted Iron

Scunthorpe manager Russ Wilcox has spoken of his pride in his players after the club bounced back to League One at the first attempt.

Wilcox, who set a new Football League record of 28 games unbeaten at the start of a managerial reign, said he will relish preparing his side this summer for life back in the third tier following automatic promotion.

"I'm so proud of the group," he told the club's official website.

"Now we can plan where we're going to move the club, where we're going to take the club now that we're in League One.

"Hopefully in League One there will be a little bit more football played, but you've got to earn the right to play that in this league."

Wilcox suffered his first defeat as Iron boss at Exeter on Saturday as his side's 28-match unbeaten run since he replaced Brian Laws in November came to an end, but the Iron are assured of a top-three finish following relegation last season.

"I'll be honest; I've really enjoyed the league," he added.

"Everybody fights tooth and nail for every single point, right up to the 96th or 97th minute, as we've seen.

"You've got to give the players at this level so much credit for that.

"It's been a tough league. You've got to be good in both boxes, you've got to be big and strong, and we've done that over the course of the season."

Scunthorpe take on York at Glanford Park in their last match on Saturday and will be crowned champions with victory if both Chesterfield and Rochdale fail to win.