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Wilcox staying grounded

In-form Scunthorpe went top of League Two with a 3-0 win against Rochdale, but Russ Wilcox is not getting carried away just yet.

The Irons are now unbeaten in eight games since Wilcox first took over in caretaker charge, but insists there is still a long way to go this season.

"Obviously we are delighted to be top of the table," he admitted. "But there are still 22 games to play and where we are now counts for nothing if we don't 'turn up' in those.

"No-one here is going to get carried away."

But Wilcox is clearly delighted with the way the players have responded since he took charge.

"With the wind against us in the first half, we were dogged defensively when Rochdale put us under a lot of pressure.

"It was backs to the wall at times but we managed that period of the game well.

"Then, in the second half, we played some free-flowing and exciting football and scored three of the best goals you are likely to see in one game.

"They were three real Christmas crackers for our fans.

"But it's not just about scoring goals, it's also about keeping them out at the other end.

"And we have got to thank our 'keeper Sam Slocombe for two brilliant saves which kept Rochdale out of the game."

Wilcox confessed his number one priority in the January transfer window is to agree a full-time deal to secure Syers, who has been on loan from Doncaster for the last three months.

"It will be a conversation that I will definitely be having with my chairman," said the Scunthorpe boss.